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Florida woman pleads guilty in Ada County credit card scam

Yinet Quintana Isalgue, 27, of Tampa pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Isalgue, who also uses Quintana as her last name, was arrested early this year after buying more than $10,000 worth of gift cards from three stores in Boise and Meridian.

Isalgue purchased $4,235 in gift cards from a Kmart store at 10447 W. Fairview Avenue in Boise, $4,238 from Toys R Us at 2070 N. Eagle Road in Meridian and $2,000 from Office Depot at 3545 E. Fairview Avenue in Meridian.

Those purchases came after Isalgue went on a $88,000 spree between Nov. 28 and Dec. 7 in more than a dozen cities in Oregon and Washington. All of the transactions outside Idaho — from Roseburg to Salem and Bend and Redmond in Oregon and Kennewick, Richland and College Place in Washington — took place at Home Depot stores.

Isalgue was caught with driver's licenses issued in Texas and South Carolina that contained her photo but false names. The names matched those that were on the counterfeit cards she used. The bogus credit and debit cards contained real account numbers obtained without the knowledge of the account owners, according to the indictment filed in the case.

Isalgue is also accused of similar thefts in Colorado and Florida.

Isalgue faces up to 20 years for wire fraud and a mandatory two-year sentence that must be served consecutively to her incarceration for wire fraud.

On January 9, police in Boise and Meridian received multiple reports of credit card fraud from store loss prevention officers. Isalgue was identified as the suspect.

The next day, police served Isalgue with a search warrant at the hotel where she was staying. Inside the room in Quintana Isalgue’s purse and wallet, law enforcement found 17 counterfeit credit cards, two counterfeit driver’s licenses, and 35 gift cards.

The counterfeit credit cards were embossed with real account numbers and a fake name. The two counterfeit driver’s licenses had names matching those on the credit cards, but using Quintana Isalgue’s photo and birthdate. Some of the gift cards found in her purse were identified as the gift cards Quintana Isalgue fraudulently purchased earlier in the day.

Based upon video surveillance, loyalty card records, GPS, and credit card records, police discovered Isalgue made similar fraudulent purchases in Oregon and Washington. She admitted stealing $97,496 in bogus purchases and another $19,288 in attempted purchases between Nov. 28 and Jan. 9.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 3 before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge.

The case was investigated by the Boise and Meridian police departments and the U.S. Secret Service.

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