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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Four Sentenced On Card Fraud Charges

Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia announced Antonio Hernandez-Vilar, aged 44; Eduardo Rodriguez-Martinez, aged 41; Gustavo Hernandez-corona, aged 48; and Aquiles Alvarez-Valdes, aged 40, all from Tampa, Florida, were sentenced on February 25, 2015 by the Honorable Hugh Lawson, Senior United States District Court Judge, in Valdosta, Georgia.

All four defendants entered guilty pleas to possessing unauthorized access devices on October 23, 2014. According to facts stipulated in their plea agreements, on May 9, 2014, a Lowndes County, Georgia deputy stopped the vehicle in which the four were travelling on Interstate 75.  During a search of the vehicle, deputies found numerous credit and debit cards encoded with stolen account numbers, laptop computers containing more than 400 additional stolen account numbers and a Magnetic Card Reader/Writer used to encode stolen account numbers onto debit and credit cards embossed with the names of the defendants. Deputies also found approximately than 180 gift cards in varying amounts which had been purchased using the stolen account numbers.  A copy of the plea agreement is attached.

The sentences handed down by Judge Lawson were:

Antonio Hernandez-Vilar:     80 months imprisonment

Eduardo Rodriguez-Martinez :     48 months imprisonment

Gustavo Hernandez-Corona:     57 months imprisonment

Aquiles Alvarez-Valdez:        57 months imprisonment

The defendants were all jointly ordered to pay restitution of $14,364.99 in restitution to known victims of the offense.

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said,

“The Secret Service remains committed to protecting our nation’s financial security, to include aggressively investigating those responsible for stealing and using re-encoded credit cards. Along with our law enforcement partners we will continue to pursue those committing these crimes,” said Clint A. Bush, Resident Agent in Charge, Albany, Georgia Resident Office, United States Secret Service.

The case was investigated by agents from the United States Secret Service and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. McCullers prosecuted the case for the government.

Inquiries regarding the case should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, United States Attorney's Office at (478) 621-2603.

Updated February 26, 2015