Manager Of Large-Scale $600,000 Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme Sentenced To 90
Months In Prison Southern District of New York, announced that LUIS
GUSTAVO TAVAREZ was sentenced to 90 months in prison for his role in a
large-scale counterfeit credit card scheme involving credit card numbers stolen
from nearly 200 victims and over $600,000 in losses.
From April 2013 through April 2014, LUIS GUSTAVO TAVAREZ was one of the managers
of an extensive counterfeit credit card fraud scheme operating in half a dozen
states along the East Coast in 2013 and 2014. As part of the scheme, TAVAREZ
purchased stolen credit card information from computer hackers who remotely
compromised databases containing credit card numbers, both directly and from
"carding" websites where stolen credit card numbers are sold. TAVAREZ then
produced counterfeit credit cards that were encoded with the stolen account
information. He personally used those counterfeit cards to make unauthorized
purchases of store gift cards and retail items, and also provided them to
co-conspirators who acted as "shoppers" at his direction. In total, TAVAREZ and
his co-conspirators, including Deivi Martinez-Brito, Anthony Reynoso, Plinio
Pineda Lopez, Vicente D. Espinal, and Warner Alvarez Almanzar, used
counterfeit cards to make hundreds of purchases of store gift cards and
merchandise at national retail chains in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. The gift cards and retail items
were then sold to others or returned to the stores for cash refunds.
documents detail what led to Overland Park, KS woman's arrest in the theft of
$100K worth of items Court documents show police followed Kelli Bauer,
who is charged with selling more than $100,000 worth of stolen merchandise from
her home, before she was arrested on April 1. According to court documents, the
Overland Park Police Department initiated its investigation after it was sent an
image of clothes that Bauer posted on Facebook. One detective reviewed the
photos and noticed some items had the original sales tags still on them.
Detectives went undercover and reached out to Bauer asking to look at the
merchandise, and she let them into her home. According to court documents, Bauer
led them upstairs to a bedroom with a clothing rack filled with clothes and
stacks of folded clothes on the bed. Many items still had stickers and price
tags from the stores. Bauer told police she was a compulsive shopper and had
lost weight and that was why she was selling the items.
steals $15,000 worth of iPads from Newton County, GA Walmart They
walked in the Covington Walmart like anyone else. She pushed a shopping cart
into the store and he walked beside her. When the two left the store, the woman
was still pushing the cart. Only this time, there were 33 iPads hidden inside a
large, plastic tote, according to Covington police. The alleged shoplifters made
off with nearly $15,000 worth of iPads shortly after 3 a.m. Monday, Detective
Kara Hipps said Thursday. Investigators are hopeful that video from inside the
store will help identify the suspects, who could be responsible for similar
crimes in other jurisdictions, Hipps said. Inside a gray plastic bin, the duo
allegedly concealed 33 iPads and left the store. In the Covington theft, the duo
appeared to have a plan when they got to the electronics section in the store.
"She pries open the case," Hipps said. "He's a watch out." After placing the
iPads inside a large plastic container, the two left the store in a grey
vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Impala, according to police. Investigators believe
the same duo may have pulled off similar shoplifting at a Villa Rica Walmart on
Tuesday, Hipps said.
Snellville, GA Police investigate $2,000 theft from CVS
Two men shoplifted around $2,000 worth of merchandise without paying on April 2
at about 7:44 p.m. at the CVS located at Hwy 78 / Rockdale Circle, according to
The Snellville Police Department. Possibly driving a white Ford Explorer, police
say the duo left the store with their vehicle loaded down with lotion and other
personal care products.
Crime Stoppers tips lead to 4 arrests in J C Penney Grab and Run in Omaha, NE
Omaha police credit multiple tips to Crime Stoppers for the arrests of four
shoplifting suspects. Two 15-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 17-year old are in
custody. On April 7, police said, six people entered the JC Penney store at
Westroads Mall, grabbed armfuls of clothing from displays and ran out.
Surveillance video from the store showed the group running from the mall.
Orleans shoplifter hoped Police costume would aid in shoplifting scheme
A shoplifting scammer who had encountered resistance while trying to return
stolen goods at a local store sought to increase her chances of success by
dressing like a police officer, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's
Office. Detectives uncovered Mase Nguyen's scheme while investigating a rash of
shoplifting at Lakeside Shopping Center. Investigators reviewing security camera
footage spotted Nguyen, 31, of Marrero, stealing items by taking them into
fitting rooms, hiding them on her person and leaving the store without stopping
by the register, Fortunato said. She later came back to try and return the items
for a refund, but the clerks were suspicious of her. So, she returned to the
store dressed in a T-shirt bearing a star and crescent logo similar to the one
used by NOPD. Nguyen also wore a gun and holster on her hip. "But that didn't
work, either," Fortunato said. Authorities arrested Nguyen, Friday evening at
Lakeside and booked her with two counts of impersonating a peace officer.
Kohl's Loss Prevention in Johnson City, TN nab shoplifter with $731 of
merchandise A man crammed several items in a backpack at a Johnson
City department store Tuesday, resulting in a felony shoplifting charge, police
said. John D. Humphrey, 30, was arrested after the incident at Kohl's, 190
Marketplace Blvd. Police said Humphrey selected several items and put them in
his shopping cart. He then went into the fitting room and concealed the
merchandise in a backpack and on himself. A Kohl's loss prevention officer
stopped him, finding 21 items worth a total of $731.
Jewelers in Ireland relieved as Romanian Organized Crime gang suspects arrested
Irish jewelers have praised Police (Gardaí) following a major operation
targeting Romanian organized crime gangs involved in violent burglaries of
jewelry shops across the country. The Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau carried
out a series of searches across Dublin early yesterday and arrested five
suspects. The Retail Jewelers of Ireland said some of their members, and owners
of shops who are not part of the organization, have been subjected to
"terrifying" burglaries in recent years.