Miami-Dade County Resident Sentenced to Prison for Unlawfully Possessing a Credit Card Skimmer and Using Another Individual’s Account Information
On April 18, 2016, Rolando Aguilar Conde, a resident of Miami, Florida, was sentenced to 36 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release for unlawfully possessing a credit card skimmer and account information belonging to another individual.
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Robert C. Hutchinson, Acting Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Miami Field Office, and Tony Pustizzi, Chief, Coral Springs Police Department, made the announcement.
Conde pled guilty on February 25, 2016 to one count of possession of device-making equipment, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Sections 1029(a)(4) and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1028A(a)(1).
According to court documents, on October 22, 2015, pursuant to a warrant, law enforcement searched Conde’s residence. During the search, law enforcement found twenty-nine (29) fraudulent cards embossed with the Conde’s name and containing account numbers of others persons. Within the defendant’s room, law enforcement found one of the fraudulent cards and a credit card skimming device.
An analysis of the credit card skimming device showed that it contained an account number that did not belong to Conde. The account number on the credit card skimming device matched the account number encoded on a fraudulent credit card that had been embossed with the defendant’s name and recovered from his residence. Bank records confirmed that the credit card was used to make two fraudulent charges, on September 26, 2015, at Sam Ash Music at the Dolphin Mall in Miami, Florida. Store records indicate Conde provided his name and address in connection with these fraudulent purchases.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI and the Coral Springs Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua S. Rothstein.