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Eight Individuals Indicted And Arrested For Bank And Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, And Aggravated Identity Theft

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On October 28, 2022, a federal grand jury returned a 40-count superseding indictment charging eight individuals with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud, access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering conspiracy. The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are in charge of the investigation of the case.

The USPIS and the FBI have been investigating a fraudulent scheme whereby the debit cards of mostly elderly clients of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico have been used in connection with the fraudulent purchase and cashing of Postal Money Orders.  Specifically, between in or about October 21, 2021, through the present, Ángel De La Rosa a.k.a. “Julio Zapata” and others, posing as either federal agents or bank officials, visited the residences of account holders claiming that their bank accounts had been compromised.  Under the guise of helping restore the integrity of their respective accounts, De La Rosa and others asked victims to provide their ATM debit cards and PIN numbers. 


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