United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announced on Wednesday that Edrey Santo Rojas, 31, of Cape Coral, pleaded guilty to credit card fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft. Rojas faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison for the credit card fraud and a consecutive term of two years for each aggravated identity theft conviction. He will also be ordered to pay restitution to the victims of the offenses. Santo Rojas has been ordered to remain in custody pending sentencing, the date of which is unknown.
According to the plea agreement, between December 2014 and August 2015, Santo Rojas used unauthorized credit card information at various retail establishments. He also used three counterfeit and unauthorized access devices with account numbers belonging to financial institutions and individuals, without lawful authority.
In a related case, on August 16, 2016, U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell sentenced Henry Alberto Fernandez Gomes, 30, of Cape Coral, to three years in federal prison for participating in credit card fraud and access device fraud. Gomez used stolen and unauthorized credit card information 27 times at retail establishments throughout Florida to purchase various items.