Federal authorities indict two for credit card thefts

Roberto Hernandez

Two men accused of stealing credit and debit card numbers were arraigned last week in a Texarkana federal court.

Roberto Hernandez and Carlos Suyi-Rodriguez appeared Nov. 20 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven in the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division on an indictment alleging “conspiracy to possess 15 or more unauthorized access devices.”

An Oct. 28 indictment which was unsealed at the men’s arraignment hearings accuses Hernandez and Suyi-Rodriguez of possessing more than 15 counterfeit credit and debit cards Sept. 24 which were imprinted with credit and debit card numbers that didn’t belong to them. Other documents in the case state the men were arrested at a Walmart in Texarkana that day.

Attorney Jason Horton of Texarkana entered a not guilty plea for Suyi-Rodriguez. Craven released Suyi-Rodriguez on a $20,000 bond.
Hernandez’ attorney of record in the case is Danny Cook of Texarkana. However, an associate of Cook’s, Gary Grimes, appeared in his place at Hernandez’ hearing because Cook was not available.

Cook filed a motion Oct. 30 asking the court to set a bond so Hernandez can be released from the Titus County, Texas, jail where he is being held.
In the motion, Cook argues that having to travel to the jail in Mount Pleasant, Texas, makes it hard for him to meet with Hernandez and states that Hernandez should be released so he can resume taking medication he needs. Cook argues that Hernandez is not accused of violent crime.

A hearing to address Cook’s motion for bond was not held at the time of Hernandez’s arraignment because Cook was unavailable. Hernandez is currently being held in the Titus County jail for the U.S. Marshals Service, jail records show.

Both men are scheduled for trial before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder Feb. 22, according to federal court dockets. If convicted, Hernandez and Suyi-Rodriguez could receive up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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