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Florida Man Sentenced to Over Three Years for Credit Card Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

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

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Yaisder Herrera Gargallo, 24, of Miami, Florida, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Nancy Torresen to 40 months in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. He pleaded guilty on June 19, 2017.

 

Court records show that between about November 2015 and June 2016, the defendant and others used stolen credit and debit card numbers to purchase merchandise. In June 2016, as part of the conspiracy, the defendant and others traveled to Maine. On June 14, 2016, the defendant purchased over $400 worth of merchandise at a Portland Walgreens using a stolen card number belonging to a victim from New Gloucester, Maine. The next day, after the defendant made another fraudulent purchase using a different card number at another Portland Walgreens, store personnel notified the police and provided a license plate number.

 

On June 18, 2016, a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped the vehicle in which the defendant and three other men were traveling. The stop led to their arrest and the discovery of merchandise, numerous fraudulent credit cards and a laptop computer. The laptop computer was later found to contain credit card numbers and related data, including the stolen card number the defendant had used to make the fraudulent purchase on June 14, 2016.

 

The defendant’s three co-defendants—Jose Castillo Febles, Juan Carlos Febles and Meylisi Rueda—have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

 

The case was investigated by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Portland Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service.

Contact

Craig M. Wolff
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated November 14, 2017

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Identity Theft
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