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Man pleads guilty to making phony credit cards, using them in Western New York

A Cuban immigrant who created counterfeit credit and debit cards with cardholders’ real information pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

Eduardo Hernandez Quinones, 46, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

After manufacturing the fake cards, Hernandez and his coconspirators used them at stores throughout Western New York, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito Jr. They also bought gasoline with the cards and resold it for cash.

Charged along with Quinones are Yasser Carrillo Chartrand, 23, Claudia Diaz Diaz, 21, Yaily Santurio Millian, 31, Jose Valdivia Quinones, 40 and Misael Toledo Rios, 39, all Cubans who are in the United States legally.

The investigation was undertaken by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Secret Service and the New York State Police.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 2. Quinones faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.