Two Cape Coral Men Indicted for Credit Card Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft
FORT MYERS, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return by a federal grand jury of indictments charging Edrey Santo Rojas (30) and Henry Alberto Fernandez Gomez (29), both of Cape Coral, with credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft. Rojas is also charged with possession of a credit card skimming device. If convicted on all counts, each faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the credit card fraud and a consecutive term of two years for each aggravated identity theft charge. Rojas also faces up to 15 years’ imprisonment for possession of the credit card skimming device.
According to the indictment, on or about May 23, 2014, in Lee County, Rojas possessed, with intent to defraud, a credit card skimmer. The indictment also alleges that between December 9, 2014, and August 8, 2015, he used one or more credit card numbers assigned to another person, without permission, to obtain something of value in excess of $1,000. Rojas also used three counterfeit and unauthorized access devices with account numbers belonging to financial institutions and individuals.
According to a separate indictment, between December 30, 2014, and April 13, 2015, Fernandez Gomez used one or more credit card numbers assigned to another person, without permission, to obtain something of value in excess of $1,000. He also used counterfeit and unauthorized access devices with account numbers belonging to financial institutions and individuals, without lawful authority.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has violated one or more federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Cape Coral Police Department, with assistance from the United States Secret Service and the State Attorney’s Office, 20th Judicial Circuit. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David G. Lazarus.