WAVERLY --- Three Cuban citizens have pleaded guilty to traveling across Iowa using stolen identities and credit and debit card numbers.
Pedro Alvarez Rodriguez, 36, of Miami, Fla., was convicted of aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit access device fraud on Sep. 21. Dunieski Santana Moreno, 26, of Miami, was convicted of aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit access device fraud and Liliany de Armas Mena, 21, of Louisville, Ky., was convicted of aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit access device fraud on Nov 1.
They were detained after allegedly using pilfered cloned credit cards at the Waverly Walmart in February.
In their plea agreements, the trio admitted that in January and February they used counterfeit cards with account information stolen from at least 35 accounts to make unauthorized purchases at Walmart stores throughout Iowa. They used the cards to buy merchandise and load funds onto gift cards.
Alvarez Rodriguez admitted that the account numbers on the counterfeit cards were obtained via “skimming” devices designed to obtain victims’ numbers. The stolen numbers were then encoded onto counterfeit magnetic stripe cards and used at Walmart self-checkout registers.
The group used the counterfeit cards at Walmart stores in Mount Pleasant, Altoona, Le Mars, Sioux Center, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Mason City, Waverly and Cedar Falls.
Sentencing will be at a later date.