Lee County Sheriff's Office Press Release: Detectives make multiple arrests in fraud operation
On September 26, 2018, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit concluded an extensive investigation into numerous fraudulent credit card transactions at local gas stations.
During the investigation, detectives were able to identify members of an elaborate organization that was responsible for cloning credit cards and purchasing high dollar amounts of diesel fuel. The suspects would then transport that fuel, in various vehicles, equipped with illegal, homemade fuel tanks.
With that information, the Economic Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Highway Interdiction, Auto Theft, Electronic Surveillance and Special Operations Units, as well as the East Criminal Investigations Division, executed simultaneous search warrants on these individuals. Detectives, in turn, seized 135 counterfeit cards, $590 in US currency, a credit card reader, multiple sets of fuel pump keys and two fuel nozzles with attached hoses.
In total, the suspects were found to be in possession of more than 250 cloned credit cards, and made approximately $20,000 in fraudulent charges. Five vehicles were also seized, having been used in their operation.
Adrian Morales Hernandez (W/M 08/20/1992), Pedro Pena Acosta (W/M 03/05/1973), Danyer Enrique Padron Osorio (W/M 08/03/1985), Eddy Yunior Cervantes Rabelo (W/M 02/04/1992), Yoel Orlando Lopez Gomez (W/M 02/09/1980), Andres Fernandez Izquierdo (W/M 12/28/1981), Ronald Pareja Lago (W/M 12/21/1990), Amilkal Teran Mederos (W/M 06/16/1979), Aniuska Martinez Llanos (W/F 09/15/1984) and Yoan Manuel Sardinas Mederos (W/M 03/09/1991) were all arrested on various fraud charges and unlawful conveyance of fuel. “Our team works relentlessly to prevent criminals from stealing our residents’ hard-earned money,” said Sheriff Carmine Marceno. "Our deputies and detectives are committed to protecting the citizens of Lee County.”