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04/22/2009

ICE nabs man at LMMIA with 172 fraudulent credit cards

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A 28–year–old man was arrested Monday at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (LMMIA) for credit card fraud following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Secret Service investigation.

Alexis De Jesus, a United States citizen residing in New York, arrived at the LMMIA from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and was referred to a secondary inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors. The search of De Jesus and his luggage revealed 172 fraudulent credit cards.

“This case exemplifies how local, state and federal agencies collaboratively work together to protect our communities,” said Roberto Escobar Vargas, acting special agent in charge of ICE's Office of Investigations in Puerto Rico. “ICE's global reach allows the agency to investigate these crimes around the world.”

Alexis De Jesus had his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Lopez. He is in federal custody and was transferred to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Guaynabo where awaiting the outcome of his case.

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico accepted the case for prosecution.

The joint investigation is ongoing.