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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of Fraudulent Credit Cards, Arrest of Nevada Man - Interstate 84 near Baker City

March 13, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Baker County Sheriff's Office - http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2014-03/1002/72519/ESCHAVARRIA-PEREZISNEY.JPG
Oregon State Police - http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2014-03/1002/72519/031214.i84_mp302_IDtheft.jpg

An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Wednesday on Interstate 84 near Baker City led to the arrest of a Nevada man on multiple charges related to the discovery of 59 fraudulent credit cards with stolen information from 59 different victims. The investigation is continuing as OSP is assisted by the Baker County District Attorney's Office, Portland Police Bureau, Las Vegas Metro Police Department, and US Secret Service to identify each victim and involved financial institutions.

On March 12, 2014 at approximately 1:30 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a passenger car displaying Nevada license plates westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 302 for a speeding violation. Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to locate a fraudulent Nevada driver license in a name other than the name provided by the driver during the initial stop. The fraudulent license and 59 fraudulent credit cards were found concealed in the trunk of the car. The majority of the credit cards listed the same fraudulent name as that on the driver license, and the others had different names.

All of the fraudulent credit cards had the magnetic strip on the back of the card re-coded with stolen account information from 59 different victims. The follow up investigation indicates the fraudulent credit card scheme involves stealing actual account information from victims and then re-coding that information on back of the card with the victim's real account information placed onto the magnetic strip. Once the fraudulent credit card is re-coded with the unknown victim's real account information, the card is used to quickly spend as much money as possible from the account using the fraudulent card until the credit card company suspends the card's use.

The driver, identified as ISNEY ECHAVARRIA-PEREZ, age 31, from Las Vegas, Nevada, was arrested and lodged in Baker County Jail in lieu of full bail for $142,500. According to the Baker County District Attorney's Office, the charges were:

* Aggravated Identity Theft (class B felony)
* Five (5) counts of Identity Theft (class C felony)
* Five (5) counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree (class A misdemeanor)

A Baker County Circuit Court judge directed a hearing being held prior to release of the suspect on full bail.

The investigation is ongoing. Questions should be directed to the Baker County District Attorney's Office.

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