Texas Men Sentenced for Credit Card Fraud
United States Attorney Deboraha R. Gilg announced that Miguel Alfonso-Rodriguez, 37 years old, Jose Terra-Izquierdo, 22 years old, and Jasiel Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 21 years old, all originally from Cuba and now living in Amarillo, Texas, were each sentenced to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment on September 8, 2016, by the Honorable Senior United States District Court Judge Richard G. Kopf, in Lincoln, each having previously pled guilty to using counterfeit credit cards to obtain gift cards and merchandise from Walmart stores in Lincoln in July and August 2015. Additionally, they were ordered to pay restitution totaling $15,798.71, and they will each be on supervised release for three years following their release from prison.
All three were apprehended at a Lincoln Walmart store on August 6, 2015, while attempting to use counterfeit credit cards to obtain Walmart gift cards. They were found in possession of numerous cards and a device capable of re-encoding credit cards was found in their car. The investigation found that on July 23-25, 2015, Terra-Izquierdo and Alfonso-Rodriguez used 67 re-encoded cards on 134 occasions and obtained $7,859.35 in Walmart gift cards and merchandise. They returned to Lincoln August 5-6, 2015, with Gonzalez-Rodriguez, and used 184 re-encoded cards on 290 occasions and obtained $21,099.44 in Walmart gift cards and merchandise. Walmart was able to reverse some of the charges, resulting in the lower restitution amount.
The case was investigated by the Lincoln Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.