LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An organized crime syndicate is responsible for stealing credit card numbers and encoding them onto gift cards which are used to purchase large quantities of fuel, according to Louisville Metro police. That fuel is then sold to truck drivers and members of the syndicate for about $2.00 a gallon, investigators say.
As part of an ongoing investigation by police and the Secret Service, 22-year-old Rolando Espinosa-Matos was arrested on Monday and charged with false making or embossing of a credit card and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Espinosa-Matos' arrest report states he was present when police executed a search warrant Monday at Miguel's Body Shop at 3914 Bishop Lane. Officers searched Espinosa-Matos' personal vehicle and found 10 Walmart gift cards. The Secret Service confirmed that four of the gift cards had been re-encoded with credit card numbers -- some of them from Brazilian accounts.
Police said their search also yielded a concealed 150 gallon fuel container in the back of Espinosa-Matos' truck. According to investigators, Espinosa-Matos and others used the re-encoded gift cards to purchase large amounts of fuel which they sold for approximately $2.00 a gallon to truck drivers or used themselves for their personal vehicles.
Officers said they also recovered dozens of smaller fuel containers.
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