2 sentenced in credit card fraud case

Two Louisville men arrested in February after police discovered more than 170 credit cards containing stolen numbers in their vehicle near Seymour have been sentenced.

Rene Perez, 29, and Brian Diaz, 25, both received three-year prison terms from Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter after each agreed to plead guilty to one Level 5 felony count of fraud on a financial institution. The state agreed to dismiss 32 other counts of the same charge against the pair in exchange for the agreements.

The pair were arrested after Indiana State Police Trooper James Wells reported stopping a blue 2005 Mercedes for making an unsafe lane change while following another vehicle too closely in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 near the 49-mile marker.

Wells said he found the credit cards during a search of the vehicle, and the U.S. Secret Service was able to determine the cards had stolen numbers attached to them.

Poynter gave both men five days credit and a day and two-thirds credit time for time served, and 1,088 days of their sentences were suspended. They also were placed on supervised probation for two years and ordered to pay court costs and probation fees.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.