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Cuban Man Pleads Guilty to Access Device Fraud

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

Gulfport, Miss.  -- A man of Cuban citizenship pled guilty to possession of fifteen or more counterfeit or unauthorized access devices with the intent to defraud, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge David L. Denton of Homeland Security Investigations.  

According to court documents, on March 20, 2019, Henry Herrera Garcia a/k/a Alex Rodriguez Perez, 31, was encountered by a Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy at a traffic stop on I-10 in Harrison County.  Agents with Homeland Security Investigations also participated at the scene of the stop.  Various items recovered from the vehicle included a credit card scanner, thumb drives, credit card skimmers, a computer, a hard drive, fraudulent credit cards, and gas pump skimming devices, as well as accessories used for downloading credit cards.  Subsequent forensic evaluations recovered from the electronic devices hundreds of “TXT” files which contained compromised credit numbers with card holder information.

Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced on May 19, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office. 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.

Updated February 17, 2023