Orlando, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Homberto Machin Morejon (38, Hialeah) has pleaded guilty to possessing 15 or more counterfeit and unauthorized access devices, and aggravated identity theft.
Morejon faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the access devices offense and a consecutive minimum mandatory sentence of 2 years for the aggravated identity theft offense. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 12, 2023.
According to court documents, on November 20, 2019, U.S. Secret Service (USSS) agents and members of the USSS Financial Crimes Task Force observed Morejon at a gas station in Cocoa standing between fuel pumps and holding what appeared to be a stack of white cards while periodically shuffling through them. Morejon then passed the cards between the fuel pumps to other individuals who had arrived at the gas station. A search incident to arrest of Morejon yielded 36 gift cards with magnetic stripes on the rear of each card. Subsequent investigation revealed that the gift cards had been re-encoded with credit and or debit card information of other persons.
The following day, a search warrant was executed on the vehicle Morejon was seen operating at the gas station. Sixty-four additional gift cards with magnetic stripes were seized along with a laptop. A forensic examination determined that the laptop contained the names of approximately 1,350 individuals and their credit or debit card account numbers.
On January 31, 2020, USSS agents, along with officers from the USSS Financial Crimes Task Force, executed a search warrant in Orlando at Morejon’s residence at the time. The agents seized, amongst other items, a laptop, 17 gift cards with magnetic stripes encoded with other persons’ credit card and or debit card numbers, several thumb drives, multiple phones, an external hard drive, a diesel fuel hose, several reproduced gas pump security stickers, and multiple ledgers containing suspected diesel fuel sales transactions. A forensic examination of one of the phones yielded multiple images of gas meters depicting amounts of gasoline purchased, images of gas pumps, and gas stations. A forensic audit of the external hard drive revealed the names of approximately 690 individuals and their credit or debit card account numbers. A forensic examination of one of the thumb drives produced the names of approximately 250 individuals and their credit or debit card account numbers. In total, Morejon was found to be in possession of more than 2,000 victims’ names and their credit or debit card account numbers.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Terry B. Livanos.