NewsFlorida News


Tampa Man Gets 6 Years for Stealing $700,000 in Fraud Case

Fraud Case
Posted at 11:12 AM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 11:12:00-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A 31-year-old Tampa man will spend time in prison for scamming more than 1,000 victims and 35 financial institutions.

According to a news release from U. S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley's office, Alberto Yuniel Garcia was sentenced to six years and two months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty on July 7.

Court documents say Garcia and others possessed and used counterfeit credit cards to purchase items, including gift cards, at retail stores across the Tampa area. They obtained stolen credit card numbers and re-encoded gift cards with the stolen numbers to create counterfeit credit cards.

In 2014 law enforcement officers removed four skimmers from pumps at a gas station in Brooksville. Once they obtained store surveillance, officers identified Garcia.

Prosecutors say the loss to individuals was more than $700,000.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)