Three plead guilty to using stolen IDs, account numbers

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Three men have pleaded guilty to using stolen identities and debit card numbers in a buying spree across Iowa, which included Mason City.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 26-year-old Dunieski Santana Moreno and 21-year-old Liliany de Armas Mena pleaded guilty last week in Cedar Rapids’ federal court to aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit access device fraud. Thirty-six-year-old Pedro Alvarez Rodriguez pleaded guilty to the same charges on Sept. 21. All three are Cuban citizens, but had lived in the U.S.

Prosecutors say the men admitted stealing account information earlier this year from at least 35 accounts using “skimming” devices. The stolen information was then encoded onto counterfeit magnetic strip cards, which were used at stores across Iowa, including the Walmart store in Mason City.

Each faces up to nearly 10 years in prison when they’re sentenced at a later date.

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