A Miami man was being held at the St. Lucie County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $1.17 million in bond after allegedly using stolen and cloned credit cards to buy Walmart gift cards.
Mario A. Castro, 25, was charged Wednesday with grand theft, organized scheme to defraud, trafficking in credit cards and 101 counts each of credit card forgery, counterfeit payment instrument and possession of stolen cards, according to a Port St. Lucie police arrest affidavit.
Castro allegedly used stolen or cloned credit cards to purchase gift cards at Walmart stores in St. Lucie and Martin counties during the week before his arrest at the store in the 10000 block of South U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie, the affidavit said.
In Castro’s wallet, police found 16 credit cards that appeared to be counterfeit, five Walmart gift cards and five receipts from the retailer indicating $95 gift card purchases, the affidavit said.
In his car, officers found a Walmart shopping bag that contained Walmart gift cards and store receipts, along with small pieces of what they suspect were cut-up credit cards, it said. Hidden in the car’s headrests, police found 14 Walmart gift cards and 85 credit cards that appeared to be counterfeit, it said.