SARASOTA -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested three men who Walmart Asset Protection noticed were using multiple credit cards to buy miscellaneous items and gift cards.
Deputies responded to the Cattlemen Road store Friday afternoon and stopped the suspects' vehicle after managers reported the suspicious activity.
When the men consented to a search, deputies located 83 credit cards with Track Data on the magnetic strip different from the numbers embossed on the cards, according to the report. In addition, detectives found 43 gift cards valued at $5,500 and other merchandise purchased with the fraudulent credit cards.
Detectives arrested 30-year-old Yosvany Fauret of Coral Gables, 30-year-old Yadian Pinero of Naples, and 34-year-old Jonney Infante of Miami. All three are charged with one count each of trafficking in counterfeit credit cards.
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"With massive data breaches being reported by major retailers almost weekly, there is little that citizens can do to prevent their personal information from being stolen, but be vigilant and always review your credit card statements closely," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "This is the seventh major credit card fraud case in Sarasota County this year, and whether you're the guy stealing the data, cloning the cards or buying them for $30 each on the street, we are committed to ensuring criminals are punished for these crimes."