Illegal transactions occurred in Knox County

Feds sentence Florida man for identity theft

Sep 01, 2017

Bangor — A Florida man was sentenced Friday, Sept. 1, to federal prison for using fake debit and credit cards to make illegal purchases.

Robert Lueje-Rodriguez, 30, of Hialeah, Fla., was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor to one and a half years in prison for access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Richard Murphy.

Rodriguez will also be placed on supervised release for three years and was ordered to pay $31,772 in restitution, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Court records show that in January 2016, the defendant and Ariel Perez-Calvo used debit and credit card account numbers belonging to Maine bank customers to make unauthorized purchases totaling more than $30,000. They used the cards in Penobscot, Knox, Hancock, Piscataquis, Franklin, Somerset, Kennebec, and Androscoggin counties. The two men engaged in similar conduct in Manchester and Concord, N.H., in November 2015, when they used debit and credit card account numbers belonging to New Hampshire bank customers to make purchases totaling more than $1,000.

The name embossed on each fake card was “David Cuan,” which was not the name of any of the victims. Each fake card bore a unique account number and appeared to be an authentic debit or credit card, and their magnetic strips were encoded with the true account numbers of the victims.

On Jan. 25, Perez-Calvo was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for his role in the offenses.

The investigation was conducted by the Maine State Police; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and the Bangor, Brewer, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Ellsworth, Hampden, Lincoln, Millinocket, Newport, Pittsfield, Rockland, Saco, Waterville (Maine) and Londonderry (N.H.) police departments.

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