Two Florida men were charged with continuing a financial crime enterprise after their car was pulled over on I-80 near southwest suburban Joliet early Monday and officers found fake credit cards and “high end” products, police said.
Jorge Ochoa-Perez, 22, was charged with three counts of possession of counterfeit credit cards and one count of continuing financial crime enterprise, and there is a warrant out for the arrest of Josue Frias-Gomez, 21, on the same charges, according to a statement from the Will County Sheriff’s Office.
Frias-Gomez, of the 500 block of NW 114th Avenue in Miami, Fla., was also charged with not having a valid driver’s license, never being issued a driver’s license and speeding, police said.
At about 1 a.m. Monday, sheriff’s deputies were headed westbound on I-80 when they noticed a SUV with Colorado license plates speeding. The officers pulled the car over near Richards Street, police said.
The officers were given permission to search the vehicle and found over 40 credit, debit and gift cards along with several bags and boxes filled with high-end clothing, various sizes of shoes, DVDs, perfumes, headphones, sunglasses and rollerblades, police said.
None of the credit cards had Frias-Gomez or Ochoa-Perez written on them, police said.
The officers also found vehicle paperwork that stated that the car was rented in Denver, Colo., but the paperwork did not list Frias-Gomez or Ochoa-Perez as the person who rented the car, police said.
The men told officers that they rented the car on March 17 in Denver and drove to Ohio, where they visited for a few days, met with friends and went shopping. They also told police that they were headed back to Denver when they were pulled over, police said.
They could not explain to officers how they paid for the items and why their names were not on the credit/debit cards or the rental car forms, police said.
Ochoa-Perez, of the 10000 block of SW 202nd Drive in Cutler Bay, Fla., was ordered held on a $750,000 bond.