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Man indicted after fake credit cards allegedly found strapped to his body at Anzalduas bridge

May 14, 2014

By Karen Antonacci, The Monitor, McAllen, Texas

May 14--MCALLEN -- A federal grand jury Tuesday handed up an indictment against a man arrested in April for allegedly trying to cross the Anzalduas International Bridge into the United States with 31 fake credit cards strapped to his body.

Alfredo Alvarez-Mendicuti of Mexico was referred to secondary inspection April 25 because the passport he presented to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was revoked due to Alvarez's ties to the Gulf Cartel, according to the criminal complaint.

As CBP officers searched Alvarez, they noticed a bulge in his waistband. CBP officers discovered 31 fake credit cards strapped to the Alvarez's waist and legs.

Three agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and one Secret Service agent were called in to interview Alvarez, and he confessed he bought the 31 fake cards for 1,000 pesos each and planned to use them to shop in McAllen.

The Secret Service agent inspected the cards and immediately determined 21 of them were counterfeit because the information on the cards did not match. Most of the cards had account numbers for banks in Mexico or other countries and all of them were under the name Alfredo Alvarez, the criminal complaint says.

The Secret Service is investigating Alvarez's case. If convicted, Alvarez could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release.


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