Last week, United States Attorney Richard W. Murphy announced that a 22-year-old woman from Miami, Florida pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud. Court records explain that Meylisi Rueda and others used stolen credit and debit card numbers to purchase merchandise from November 2015 to June 2016.
As a part of the scheme, the defendant and others traveled to Maine in June of 2016. On June 14, 2016, Rueda and co-conspirator Yaisder Herrera Gargallo bought more than $400 in merchandise from a Walgreens in Portland using a stolen credit number from a victim from New Gloucester, Maine.
The duo made another fraudulent purchase using a different stolen card number on June 15, 2016. This time, store personnel altered the police and provided authorities with a license plate number. A Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a vehicle on June 18, 2016. The vehicle was carrying Herrera Gargallo and two co-conspirators, Juan Carlos Febles and Jose Castillo Febles.
Authorities discovered merchandise, a laptop computer and several fraudulent credit cards. The laptop contained credit card numbers and related data. Now, Rueda faces a maximum of five years in prison along with a $250,000 fine. All defendants have pleaded guilty and are now awaiting sentencing.