Miami men arrested with over 100 cloned credit cards in Sarasota

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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:16 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Two Miami men were arrested in Sarasota Friday after investigators say they used counterfeit credit cards to buy thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and gift cards.

Loss prevention at the Walmart on Cattlemen Road contacted the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office on Friday afternoon to report that two suspects who they recognized from prior crimes, later identified as Adrian Fernandez and Jose Marquez-Hernandez, were at the store. When deputies arrived the men tried to flee on foot but were quickly detained.

Eleven counterfeit cards were found on the men, and another 99 cards were in a bag.  And although the cards were all printed with their names, they were cloned with banking information of the victims.

Deputies also found $4,000 worth of gift cards, 17 cartons of cigarettes, 10 bags of clothing and children's toys in their rental car.

Loot in cloned credit card case
Courtesy: Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

Fernandez and Marquez-Hernandez have been charged with three counts each of Trafficking in Counterfeit Credit Cards. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

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