On Friday, Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that three Cuban nationals had been charged with conspiracy to commit access device fraud. Two of the defendants have been charged with access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.
21-year-old Henry David Martinez, 30-year-old Yadier Aluijas Fernandez, and 32-year-old Yusniel Hernandez Perez are Cuban nationals residing in the State of Texas. All three were charged on Thursday with conspiracy to commit access device fraud. Defendants Perez and Fernandez will also face charges of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.
The indictment details the alleged crimes. The trio allegedly traveled to Jefferson Parish in the same automobile on July 24, 2017. Prosecutors believe that the defendants used counterfeit cards to purchase items at a local merchant. Later that day, it is alleged that Fernandez hide around 45 counterfeit access devices in a sock on his person. Perez supposedly hid twelve in his shoe.
Evans reiterated that the indictment is an allegation and the defendants remain innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted on the charge of conspiracy to commit access device fraud, each defendant could face a maximum sentence of five years. Access device fraud carries a statutory maximum sentence of ten years. Finally, the aggravated identity theft charge carries a mandatory term of two years.
If convicted, each defendant will face penalties, supervised release and restitution.