Two Accused of Using Counterfeit Credit Cards to Buy Diesel Fuel
Hillsborough deputies said they used stolen/fraudulent credit cards they obtained through pump-installed skimmers.
GIBSONTON – Two men were arrested Monday (April 1) night and accused of using dozens of counterfeit credit cards to buy fuel at gas stations throughout the state, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Victor Mendoza Fonseca, 27, and Yasniel Rodriguez Hernandez, 42, were each charged with Trafficking in Counterfeit Credit Cards and Fraudulently Obtaining Diesel Fuel/Unlawful Conveyance of Diesel Fuel. Deputies said Fonseca had eight counterfeit/cloned credit cards and Hernandez had 112 counterfeit/cloned credit cards.
Hillsborough deputies said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office sent out information about unknown suspects traveling throughout the state using stolen/fraudulent credit cards obtained through pump-installed skimmers to buy large quantities of diesel fuel. A pattern of their route and schedule was developed by the FDLE and Circle K loss prevention investigators.
About 8 p.m. Monday, Hillsborough sheriff’s detectives conducted surveillance at the Circle K gas station at 9812 Gibsonton Drive in Gibsonton. The suspects arrived at the station in a red Ford F-350 and a white Isuzu box truck. They used a stolen credit card to fraudulently obtain diesel fuel, which was stored in tanks/bladders stored in the cargo areas of both vehicles.
Deputies said they will work to identify the victims whose credit card information was obtained and encoded on cloned credit cards. Additional fraud and identity theft charges will follow.
Photo shows Yasniel Rodriguez Hernandez, left, and Victor Mendoza Fonseca.
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