DALLAS — Ivania Ortiz, also known as
“Ivania Reyes” and “Lisset Oz,” 32, originally from Nicaragua, was sentenced
this morning by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 33 months in federal
prison for her role in a conspiracy involving fraudulent purchases in North
Texas using counterfeit bank cards, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the
Northern District of Texas.
Ortiz pleaded guilty in March 2017 to one
count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud. She has been in
custody since the time of her arrest in July 2016. Judge Fitzwater also
ordered Ortiz to pay $408,596.46 in restitution, joint and severally with her codefendants.
A federal grand jury returned a 20-count indictment in August 2016 charging
Ortiz along with Elvis Johanny Ortiz Reyes, Jesus Aldana Gutierrez, Roberto
Carlos Puebla Saavedra, Yaser Moreno, also known as “Adrian Perez,” Yokasta
Garcia, also known as “Kathy Garcia,” and Norge Mayea, for their roles in the
According to documents filed in the case, from at least August 2014 through
July 2016, Ortiz and others obtained lists of credit and debit card
numbers belonging to other individuals online. Ortiz and her
coconspirators used the card information to create counterfeit bank cards using
devices to encode the cards with the fraudulently obtained account
information. The defendants went to various retail stores and purchased
prepaid gift cards and shopping cards with the counterfeit cards. The
defendants then took those purchased prepaid gift cards and shopping cards to
other stores and purchased items, including other gift cards, to further
launder the illegally obtained money.
scheme was discovered after an investigator from JPMorgan Chase observed a
large volume of fraudulent transactions being made with unauthorized JPMorgan
Chase debit card numbers at Walmart stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex
area. JPMorgan Chase’s investigator worked with Walmart investigators to
collect surveillance footage and conduct surveillance of the defendants
engaging in the fraudulent transactions. As a part of the judgment, Ortiz
was ordered to pay over $360,000 to JPMorgan Chase.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret
Service and the Plano Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jamie
L. Hoxie and Shane Read prosecuted.