LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Two Florida residents who are allegedly part of a massive Western New York credit card scam were located and arrested by Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty and later additionally charged by the Avon Police Department for felony identity theft.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Juan Pablo Aguila, 25, and Franck Toledo, 30, were both charged with felony forgery and fraud charges by the Avon Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office.
“We’re going to have multiple, multiple felony charges against these two,” said Captian Brian Applin with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Investigations Division. “They were basically cloning credit cards to match the name on a stolen I.D., which means that we’ll be identifying and contacting victims to find out when their cards were used or their identities stolen. It’s a drawn-out process.”
On Friday, Nov. 16, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and NYS Police released a description of a vehicle which was thought to have been used in multiple fraudulent credit card transactions in Monroe County.
Sheriff Dougherty located and pulled over the vehicle near the Dollar General in Livonia, and identified Aguila and Toledo as the two occupants.
Both were turned over to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, arraigned on felony charges related to credit card fraud, and released on their own recognizance.
Avon Police then investigated with the help of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and filed their own felony charges.
Both Pablo Aquila and Toledo were arraigned and remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $25,000 cash or $30,000 bond.
The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating both men and expects that numerous additional felony charges will be brought against them for pending fraud cases.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office urges anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of credit card or identity fraud to not only contact their bank but also local law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office can be reached at (585) 243-7100.