Illegal Cuban found with 528 prepaid gift cards admits to defrauding nearly $90,000

Published 9:37 pm Monday, August 26, 2019

An illegal alien from Cuba arrested in Mississippi in 2017 has admitted he role in defrauding nearly $90,000 from unknowing victims.

Duniesky Vizcay De La Cruz a/k/a Vizcay Delacruz Duniesky, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden, to knowingly possessing 15 or more counterfeit or unauthorized access devices, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Craig Caldwell, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service.

On December 6, 2017, the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Task Force conducted a traffic stop on Interstate I-10 in Jackson County. Duniesky Vizcay De La Cruz, a passenger in the car, was found to be in possession of approximately 528 “Vanilla MasterCard” pre-paid gift cards in his luggage.

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An inventory determined the value of the gift cards, purchased with victims’ money, was $89,900. The investigation revealed that the 528 gift cards had been purchased at wholesale club stores in Georgia and Florida a few days prior to this traffic stop in Mississippi.

Vizcay De La Cruz was charged on March 5, 2019 in a federal criminal indictment. He pled guilty before Judge Ozerden on August 21, 2019. He will be sentenced by Judge Ozerden on November 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Gulfport, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by United States Secret Service, with assistance from the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.