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Jul 18, 2013 3:09 PM by Michelle Erwin

Police: Tucson men tied to major fraud scheme

PINAL COUNTY - Two Tucson men have been arrested and charged with fraud.

It happened Wednesday, July 10 when a Pinal County Sheriff's Office deputy pulled over a SUV on I-10.

The driver, 23-year-old Hector Sandoval and his passenger, 27-year-old Ruben Sanchez-Bustamante appeared nervous.

The deputy searched the vehicle and found 12 Home Depot gift cards worth $250 each concealed in the dash compartment, along with fake identifications and fake credit cards. The IDs had pictures with different identities.

After further investigation, deputies discovered the men are part of an organization based out of Mexico. The operation involves using fake coded credit cards along with false IDs to purchase gift cards and other items from retail stores in the United States. The items are then trafficked back into Mexico and sold for profit.

Both men were booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for Identity Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Trafficking in Stolen Property and Fraudulent Schemes. They're being held on $30,000 bond.

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