Six Cuban citizens living legally in Western New York were indicted Wednesday by a Federal grand jury in Buffalo on credit card fraud charges.
The suspects were identified as Eduardo Hernandez Quinones, 46; Yasser Carrillo Chartrand, 23; Claudia Diaz Diaz, 21; Yaily Santurio Millian, 31; Jose Valdivia Quinones, 40 and Misael Toledo Rios, 39.
U.S. Attorney Williams J, Hochul, Jr. said four of them already face New York State fraud charges for similar alleged activities in Central New York.
Hernandez, Chartrand, Santurio and Diaz were recently arrested near Syracuse and charged with state fraud charges similar to the alleged misconduct in the Buffalo area. Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr. said all six are charged with bank fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. All six face mandatory prison terms of at least two years and up to 30 years and fines of up to $1 million if convicted as charged.
Ippolito said the suspects are accused of fraudulently obtaining credit and debit card numbers of a number of people and encoding counterfeit cards they used to purchase merchandise at retail stores throughout Western New York and to buy gasoline which was then re-sold for cash. All six were arraigned Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott. Chartrand, Hernandez Quinones, Diaz Diaz and Santurio were held to await a detention hearing March 25. Rios and Valdivia Quinones were released under strict judicial orders about their behavior pending further court proceedings.