31-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez - Marty, Hollyhill Drive, Orlando was charged with 41 counts of Possession of Counterfeit Credit Cards, Scheme to Defraud, Grand Theft, Trafficking in Counterfeit Credit Cards, and Illegal Use of a Credit Card.
27-year-old Ricardo Arzuaga, Alana Drive, Orlando was charged with Scheme to Defraud, Grand Theft, and Possession of Cannabis, under 20 grams.
“This is a perfect example of the importance of immediately reporting suspicious activity,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “This store clerk recognized the suspects were acting suspiciously and was able to alert us very quickly. Today, these credit card thieves are where they belong, in the county jail.”
At approximately 5:30 am, on Sunday, October 25, 2015, a male suspect, later identified as Gonzalez- Marty, was attempting to make a purchase at the 7-Eleven convenience store located at 44249 Highway 27 North in Davenport, using multiple credit cards to pay for gift cards, a pre-paid cell phone, and snacks.
A PCSO lieutenant was in the store at the time and the store clerk alerted him of the suspicious transactions.
The PCSO lieutenant walked out of the store to question Gonzalez- Marty about the transaction and saw Gonzalez- Marty and a second male, later identified as Arzuaga, attempting to get into a silver 2005 Honda minivan to leave. The PCSO lieutenant stopped the suspects and began to question them about the transaction - both provided conflicting stories. Additional PCSO units responded, to include detectives from the Identity Theft Strike Force Unit.
During the investigation, a total of 41 cloned credit cards were discovered, 38 of which had been concealed in the backseat of the van inside a plastic “Kool-Aid” container with a false bottom.
Detectives learned the majority of the cards had been cloned from actual credit card numbers from unsuspecting victims. Many of the cards were found to be from banks located in foreign countries such as Brazil, Germany, New Zealand, and England.
Gonzalez- Marty told detectives he was a taxi cab driver and he provided a business card revealing he works in the Orlando, Tampa, Miami, Cocoa Beach and Kennedy Space Center areas of Florida. Also found in his vehicle were magnetic taxi signs that can be affixed to the outside of the vehicle, as well as, a lighted taxi sign that can be affixed to the roof.
Detectives believe Gonzalez- Marty has been preying on foreign tourists traveling to Florida and is using his taxi service to perpetuate this scheme. Gonzalez admitted he uses a “Square” device which allows his customers to pay by credit cards through his cell phone.
Two other people were in the backseat of the van at the time of the arrest. They were, 32-year-old Jasmark Rodriguez of Citadel Drive, Orlando, and 25-year-old Jose Pagain of Magellan Drive, Poinciana. They were not arrested.
Gonzalez and Arzuaga were transported to the Polk County Jail without incident. The investigation is ongoing.