Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich has sentenced Catherine Trinidad De Jesus Santana (43, Holiday) to three years in federal prison for access device (credit card) fraud and aggravated identity theft stemming from De Jesus Santana’s use of counterfeit credit cards at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, located on the Seminole Indian Reservation in Tampa.
De Jesus Santana had pleaded guilty on March 27, 2019.
According to court documents, De Jesus Santana obtained breached and stolen credit card and debit card information, which she used to manufacture counterfeit credit cards. In June 2014, on multiple occasions, De Jesus Santana used those counterfeit cards to obtain cash from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. The total loss amount from the use and attempted use of the counterfeit cards was $20,352.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Seminole Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer L. Peresie.