The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two Lehigh Acres men attempting to commit fraud at several Sarasota area stores with dozens of cloned credit cards.
Deputies located Alfredo Torrella, DOB 9/16/77, and Orlando Rodriguez, DOB 10/5/73, Friday night after they tried to purchase Home Depot gift cards with several credit cards that were declined. During a search of their rental vehicle deputies found 120 counterfeit credit cards, personal information for 29 different victims and a fake driver’s license. The suspects admitted purchasing the cards and information from someone in the Miami area for about $4,500 and were frustrated because many of the cards didn’t work. While the suspects made purchases in two stores, it appears deputies stopped their crime spree shortly after it began.
Torrella is charged with 29 counts of Possession of Personal Identification with Intent to Use, two counts of Criminal Use of Personal Identification and one count of Trafficking in Fraudulent Credit Cards. Rodriguez is charged with three counts of Criminal Use of Personal Identification, one count of Trafficking in Fraudulent Credit Cards, Possession of a Counterfeit Driver’s License, Tampering with Evidence and Obstruction.