Sarasota, Florida (News-Press) -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested two Lehigh Acres
men after they tried to make purchases at several Sarasota area stores
with dozens of cloned credit cards.
Alfredo Torrella, 35, and Orlando Rodriguez, 39, both of Lehigh Acres,
shortly after 7 p.m. Friday night along I-75 northbound after they tried
to purchase Home Depot gift cards with several credit cards that were
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During a search of their rental vehicle deputies
found 120 counterfeit credit cards, personal information for 29
different victims and a fake driver's license. The suspects admitted
purchasing the cards and information from someone in the Miami area for
about $4,500 and were frustrated because many of the cards didn't work.
The suspects made purchases in two stores but were arrested by deputies a
short time later.
Torrella is charged with 29 counts of
possession of personal identification with intent to use, two counts of
criminal use of personal identification and one count of trafficking in
fraudulent credit cards. Rodriguez is charged with three counts of
criminal use of personal identification, one count of trafficking in
fraudulent credit cards, possession of a counterfeit driver's license,
tampering with evidence and obstruction.
Both men were later released and no court date has been set.