Suspect in Multi-Million Dollar Credit Card Fraud Ring Arrested
He is a suspect in 48 fraud cases, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
PASCO COUNTY – A suspect in 48 credit/debit card fraud cases has been arrested in Miami, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Daniel Santos, 22, was arrested Thursday (April 19) through a coordinated effort with the U.S. Marshalls Service and the Miami Dade County Police. Santos is currently held on no bond. He is charged with organized fraud and possession of stolen credit or debit card, among other related charges.
Pasco deputies said Santos also has a history of violence to include battery, throwing a deadly missile, felon in possession of a firearm, lewd and lascivious sexual battery on a victim under 16, assault on law enforcement, fleeing to elude, and multiple drug arrests.
Santos’ fraud crimes have been occurring since March 2015. Deputies said Santos obtains credit/debit cards by either buying them from people, stealing them, or obtaining them through “mail box hopping.” His fraudulent activity with other criminal associates has become a multi-million dollar fraud ring.
Pasco sheriff’s Detective Spencer Hubbell received his first case as an Economic Crimes Unit detective in 2016, which was a Santos case. Over the course of the next year, he was assigned numerous other fraud cases. Hubbell was able to link many of the cases together as being committed by Santos.
Hubbell arrested Santos several times since receiving the first case, however, Santos was always able to make bond and continue his lifestyle of criminal activity, deputies said. With a total of 48 fraud cases, Hubbell said he was determined to locate Santos and put a stop to his crime spree.
During the past week, Hubbell and Pasco sheriff’s Detective Darren Hill put their computer skills to use to locate where Santos was hiding, as Santos knew there were active warrants for his arrest. These detectives watched Internet videos Santos posted and noted specific geographical details regarding the surroundings where Santos was hiding. They were able to successfully identify the exact condominium building seen in the videos.
That led to Santos’ arrest.
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