A father and son are among three Los Angeles-area residents charged in an alleged scheme to import and produce counterfeit debit and credit cards, federal officials said Wednesday.
Jose Rolando Renderos, 38, of Montebello; his son, Jose Ulloa, 18, of San Bernardino; and Milagro del Carmen Alvarez Hernandez, 27, also of Montebello were charged Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court with credit card fraud, possession of counterfeit credit cards and trafficking in counterfeit goods, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
Renderos and Ulloa are accused of obtaining blank counterfeit credit cards from China that bore the names and logos of American Express, Capital One, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.
The father and son then allegedly embossed and activated the counterfeit cards using illegally obtained credit card numbers.
“Credit card fraud scams like this result in major losses for the affected financial institutions and it’s ultimately consumers who pay the price,’”said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles.
The defendants are scheduled for arraignment Feb. 25.