Identity Thief Arrested During Traffic Stop, Had 59 Fake Credit Cards and Victim Information!
Oregon State Police continue to investigate a potential identity theft scheme.
Wednesday, OSP troopers pulled over 31-year-old Isney Echavarria-Perez of Las Vegas NV on a speeding violation on I-84 near Baker City OR.
A subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led to a search of Perez's vehicle, and authorities found 59 fraudulent credit cards concealed in the trunk of the car, and the personal information of at least 59 identity theft victims!
The credit cards magnetic strips had been re-coded with the personal information of the 59 victims. In these schemes, the victims REAL account information is often used to re-code the "new" card. Thieves then try to spend as much on the card as possible before the fraud is discovered and it is deactivated.
Perez is facing a laundry list of charges, including:
* Aggravated Identity Theft (class B felony)
* Five (5) counts of Identity Theft (class C felony)
* Five (5) counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree (class @ misdemeanor)
Authorities are in the process of notifying the victims about the incident. Perez is in the Baker County Jail, being held in lieu of $142,500 bail. A Baker County circuit judge required a hearing be held on the matter before Perez could be considered for release on full bail. Seen below are some of the fraudulent cards.