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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hialeah Man Sentenced To Prison For Operating A Fraudulent Website Selling “Walt Disney World” Tickets

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp today sentenced Raul Cruz (37, Hialeah) to five years in federal prison for credit card fraud. As part of his sentence, the Court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $159,219.94, the proceeds of the fraud. Cruz pleaded guilty on August 26, 2014.

According to court documents, Cruz purchased Walt Disney World Co. theme park tickets over the phone using stolen credit card numbers that he, in turn, had purchased from business owners in South Florida. To sell the tickets, Cruz created a shell company called “Disney Computer SE” and a website (www.disneycomputerservice.com), both of which utilized the name “Disney” to give the appearance of legitimacy. Using the website and shell company, Cruz resold the tickets to the public. During the course of the fraudulent schem, Cruz purchased over $159,000 worth of Walt Disney World Co. tickets.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Irick.

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Updated January 26, 2015