A routine traffic stop on Interstate 12 uncovered a stack of fraudulent credit cards and resulted in the arrests of two Florida residents.
Monday evening (Feb. 26), a deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Highway Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop on a westbound vehicle for improper lane use.
While conducting a consensual search of the vehicle, the deputy located 15 suspected fraudulent gift/credit cards under the passenger seat.
Detectives with the STPSO Financial Crimes Division were contacted and by using a skimming detection device, they confirmed the cards had been recoded illegally with stolen credit card numbers from various banks and unsuspecting individuals.
The driver of the vehicle, Yanet De La Caridad Sarduy Pernia (DOB 5/29/1980; 1750 W. 46th Street Apt. No. 526, Hileah, Fla.), and the passenger, Alexis Guillermo La O Roman (DOB 2/10/1966; 7294 SW 22 Street, Miami, Fla.) were each charged with 15 counts of LRS 14:72.2 Monetary Instrument Abuse and were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
The two arrestees were thwarted from their spending spree as the illegal cards were seized during the traffic stop.
"It is a great asset to have deputies that are skilled to look beyond a minor traffic violation and recognize suspicious travels, devious indicators and activity. The seizure of these 15 illegal cards saved many people from experiencing the unpleasant task of reporting fraud on their bank cards,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “In many cases the potential victims are not even aware their bank card numbers were compromised, and thanks to proactive efforts of this deputy, they won't be victims."