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2 Cubans sentenced to prison for stealing account numbers and identity theft

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Two men are in federal prison after an Illinois police officer seized numerous stolen account numbers during a traffic stop.

Eriberto Ricardo Gomez, 42, and Yasmanis L. Oduardo, 28, have both been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing more than fifteen account numbers and aggravated identity theft.

Officials said Gomez and Fonseco are Cuban citizens who currently reside in Houston, Texas.

The stolen account numbers were discovered by a Caseyville, Ill. officer on Oct. 8, 2015, during a traffic stop on I-70 in Madison County.

Also at that time, Gomez and Fonseco had over a hundred gift cards in their possession. The magnetic strips on nineteen of these gift cards had been re-encoded with account numbers registered to customers of a financial institution in Pennsylvania.

In plea hearings in Nov. 2015, Gomez and Fonseco admitted to using the gift cards to make fraudulent purchases at Walmart stores in Arkansas and Manchester, MO.

The Caseyville officer also seized a laptop during the traffic stop. After searching the computer, the FBI found about 300 stolen bank account and credit card numbers.

A credit card re-encoder was also recovered from Ricardo Gomez’s jacket pocket.

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