Statement of United States Attorney Todd Gee Regarding the Arrests in East Mississippi of over 30 Persons for Drug Trafficking, Illegal Firearms Possession, and Other Crimes
Gulfport, Miss. –Rodrigo D. Ferrareze, age 38, of Delray Beach, Florida, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Sul Ozerden to serve 10 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and to pay $6,450.00 in restitution to a victim, for fraud in connection with access devices, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Jere T. Miles with Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans.
On December 7, 2017, Ferrareze and co-defendants Claudio Fontes Ferreira and Taise Braganca Moscon were stopped in a Lincoln Navigator with Florida tags after being at a Keesler Federal Credit Union Automated Teller Machine ("ATM") on Automall Parkway in D’Iberville, Mississippi. The ATM was found to have a skimmer on it and had been altered with the top flap privacy shield being cut off so a camera placed above could observe the ATM key pad where customers enter their account PIN numbers. A search of the Lincoln Navigator resulted in the finding of access device equipment, to include but not limited to, glue, black electrical and double-sided tape and box cutters, credit cards in alias names, a card with sand paper attached to the card, and other credit cards, gift cards, and a micro SD card.
Ferrareze, Ferreira, and Moscon pled guilty on February 20, 2018. Moscon was sentenced by Judge Ozerden on June 6, 2018, to serve 13 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and to pay $6,450.00 in restitution to a victim. Ferreira is scheduled to be sentenced on September 7, 2018.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the D’Iberville Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.