PORTLAND — A Florida man has admitted in U.S. District Court to making purchases using information from credit cards stolen from people across Maine, including some in Androscoggin County.

Ariel Perez-Calvo, 28, of Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to court records, in early January, Perez-Calvo and Roberto Lueje-Rodriguez used debit and credit card account numbers belonging to Maine bank customers in Penobscot, Knox, Hancock, Piscataquis, Franklin, Somerset, Kennebec and Androscoggin counties, to make unauthorized purchases totaling more than $50,000.

Investigators said Perez-Calvo engaged in similar conduct in Manchester and Concord, New Hampshire, in November 2015 when he used debit and credit card account numbers belonging to New Hampshire bank customers to make unauthorized 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, according to court records. Each fake card bore a unique account number and appeared to be an authentic debit or credit card, but their magnetic strips were encoded with the true account numbers of the victims.

The defendant faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for access device fraud and an additional mandatory minimum period of imprisonment of two years for the aggravated identity theft. He will also be ordered to pay full restitution, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

On July 8, Lueje-Rodriquez pleaded guilty to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft charges arising out of the same conduct and awaits sentencing.

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 (New Hampshire) Police Departments.


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