Monday, April 6, 2009

Traffic Stop Turns Up Fake Credit Cards

Deputies say they found dozens of counterfeit credit cards during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 in Golden Gate on Sunday night.

Deputies pulled over the driver of a black BMW for illegal window tint near the 105 mile marker of I-75 around 9 p.m.

Further investigation by deputies revealed the driver, Raciel Guerra-Fernandez, had an active warrant out of Lee County charging him with failing to appear in court on charges of illegal use of credit cards and identity theft, according to sheriff’s reports.

Deputies arrested Guerra-Fernandez, 34 and of Cape Coral, on the warrant.

Guerra-Fernandez gave deputies permission to search his person and his property, reports said. The search turned up 50 credit cards inside a backpack in the back seat of the vehicle.

Deputies, using a credit card reader, determined that 49 of the cards were counterfeit.

Deputies also charged Guerra-Fernandez with trafficking in counterfeit credit cards, a felony.