Cuban Gets 11-Year-Sentence for Credit Card Abuse

3 years 4 months 5 days ago Thursday, March 30 2017 Mar 30, 2017 March 30, 2017 3:17 PM March 30, 2017 in News

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a Cuban man who ran an international online credit card fraud operation must serve more than 11 years in a U.S. prison.

Jorge Ernesto Blanco-Rodriguez, of Havana, was sentenced Thursday in McAllen, Texas. The 43-year-old Cuban and Spanish citizen pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Blanco-Rodriguez, who possessed about 12,000 stolen credit and debit card numbers for sale, must also pay more than $600,000 in restitution.

The Texas-based investigation began when authorities arrested two Mexican nationals for credit card fraud. Search warrants were carried out, leading to Blanco-Rodriguez.

Officials say Blanco-Rodriguez, whose operation was based in Cuba, was arrested in July 2015 in Miami while traveling to Florida to visit family.

He's expected to be deported following release from a U.S. prison.

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