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Two Cuban Citizens Indicted For Conspiracy To Commit Bank Fraud And Bank Fraud

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

Orlando, Florida – On January 4, 2019, United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announced the return of an indictment charging Catiel Marquez Gonzalez (21) and Yeran Antigua Martinez (37), citizens of Cuba, with conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The indictment also charges Marquez Gonzalez with three substantive counts of bank fraud and Antigua Martinez with eight substantive counts of bank fraud. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison on each count. 

According to the indictment, beginning in July 2017, and continuing through at least January 2018, Marquez Gonzalez and Antigua Martinez conspired with each other and other persons to commit bank fraud against federally insured financial institutions. To carry out their scheme, Marquez Gonzalez and Antigua Martinez and their co-conspirators burglarized United States Postal Service mailboxes and stole mail, including personal checks. They then altered the stolen checks to bear their own names and the names of co-conspirators and deposited the altered checks into accounts they controlled.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kara M. Wick.

Updated January 28, 2019

Financial Fraud