Tampa man pleads guilty to credit card fraud

Published May 13 2014

TAMPA -- A Tampa man who used stolen credit card information to buy thousands of dollars worth of tires pleaded guilty to theft and fraud charges Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Authorities said Noel Perez Partagas, 21, used stolen credit and debit account numbers to create counterfeit cards and used the cards to buy fuel and tires. He used fraudulent cards to buy about $42,000 worth of tires in Lakeland, and was arrested in July 2013 after using a fraudulent card to buy $100 worth of diesel fuel in Polk County, according to a news release.

Partagas pleaded guilty to two counts of credit card fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for each credit card fraud charge and two years for identity theft.