Two sentenced in Lafayette in credit card fraud scheme

Two men who pleaded guilty March 14 to credit card fraud were sentenced Wednesday to 10 months in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Antonio Abreu-Arbolaez, 38, of Cuba, and Yoany Quesada-Romero, 29, of Tampa, Fla., also were sentenced to one year of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote.

Both men were charged with conspiracy to possess counterfeit credit cards after they were caught in September using fake cards to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said.

On Sept. 28, as both men were in Lafayette after traveling from Florida, Wal-Mart security officers at a store in Lafayette contacted police to report the fraud, Finley said, and both were arrested that day in the parking lot of the Pinhook Road Wal-Mart.

“During a search of their minivan, 34 counterfeit credit cards displaying Abreu-Arbolaez’s name and 17 that had Quesada-Romero’s name were found,” Finley said.

“The magnetic strip on the back of the counterfeit cards contained information related to real financial institutions that were improperly charged $9,729 for the Wal-Mart gift cards purchased by the defendants,” she said.