Guam – A federal Grand Jury has hand down a 23-Count Indictment against Lucille A.P. LeFever, Raymond Taison Cruz and Tanya Lynn Manibusan for Wire Fraud, Access Device Fraud, Aggravated Identify Theft and Conspiracy.
The indictment was filed this past Wednesday, February 22.
According to a release from U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco, the indictment alleges a scheme to defraud financial institutions, its customer credit cardholders, and merchants, to obtain money and property by making and attempting to make unauthorized charges with stolen credit cards of three individuals.
The defendants obtained at least approximately $22,550 worth of goods and services for themselves and others from various merchants, including but not limited to, Guam Power Authority (GPA), Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA), SandCastle and Napa Auto Parts. Defendants are also
charged with stealing the identification of other persons.
Defendants are summoned to appear at the U.S. District Court of Guam on March 2 at 9:30 A.M., at which time they will be arraigned.
U.S. Attorney Alicia A.G. Limtiaco stated, “Identity theft and related white collar and financial fraud crimes are a growing problem. Individuals, financial institutions and merchants are targeted and victimized by perpetrators of these crimes. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands and the Department of Justice are committed to combating identify theft and other white collar and financial fraud crimes; and will continue to dedicate federal resources effectively to prevent, investigate and prosecute unlawful use by persons of the identifying information of other persons. Federal and local law enforcement are committed to protecting our community and consumers against theft, fraud and other related criminal activity.”
This investigation was conducted by officers from the Guam Police Department and Special Agents of the U.S. Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney, Marivic David is assigned to prosecute this case.
If convicted, Conspiracy and Wire Fraud each carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison; Access Device Fraud carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud carries a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and Aggravated Identity Theft carries a mandatory minimum two year consecutive prison sentence.
Members of the public are reminded that the charges contained in the Indictment are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.