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Local Man Sentenced To Prison For Credit Card Fraud And Identity Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, FL – United States District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Dariel Sardinas Lopez (22, Tampa) to four years in federal prison for credit card fraud and identity theft. He pleaded guilty on April 22, 2015.

According to court documents, Sardinas Lopez produced and trafficked in counterfeit credit cards. These fraudulent credit cards were encoded with the numbers and information of victims whose cards had been “skimmed” at local gas stations. The victims were often unaware their information had been stolen. Sardinas Lopez sold these counterfeit credit cards and also used them to purchase merchandise for himself.

This case was investigated by the Financial Crimes Task Force, which includes the United States Secret Service, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office, and the Tampa Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelley C. Howard-Allen.

Updated July 28, 2015

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