According to investigators, the organization’s leaders obtained stolen credit card numbers from Internet wholesalers and from others using credit card “skimming” devices.
The credit card numbers were then encoded on gift cards, credit cards, drivers’ licenses, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security work authorization cards which members of the organization used to purchase large quantities of fuel and other items such as cars, trucks, speedboats, trailers, jet skis and other consumer goods, according to ICE.Investigators also say they found vehicles used by the alleged thieves outfitted with large, illegal fuel tanks. In one case they said a van had more than seven hundred gallons of fuel inside four containers.
Felix Montesino-Castillo, 30, also indicted in the case, remains a fugitive from justice, according to a news released from ICE.
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