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For Immediate Release

Contact:
April 22, 2016 Barry Golden, Senior Inspector
Southern District of Florida (954) 214-0301
Three Fugitives From Florida Wanted on Federal Fraud Charges
in Louisiana, Found Clinging to a Capsized Boat off the Coast of Cuba
 
Key West, FL - United States Marshal Amos Rojas Jr. announces the arrest of Luis Rivera-Garcia, Juliet Estrada-Perez, and Enrique Gonzalez-Torres who are wanted for violating their supervised release on federal Credit Card Fraud charges in New Orleans, Louisiana. Yesterday at approximately 11;30 am, the Coast Guard was dispatched by the Disney Fantasy cruise ship that three people were found clinging to a capsized approximately 40 miles north of Varadero, Cuba and about 50 nautical miles west of the island vessel of Cay Sal, Bahamas. The Disney cruise ship rescued the stranded people who turned out to be Cuban Nationals but were from the United States. One of the persons rescued had a valid Florida Driver License in their possession.

The three defendants were turned over to the U.S. Coast Guard at sea. Officials from the Coast Guard District Seven Command Center conducted a fingerprint analysis which showed two of the subjects had outstanding arrests warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service in New Orleans, Louisiana. Today, all three defendants were turned over to Deputy Marshals from the U.S. Marshals office in Key West, Florida. Rivera-Garcia, 26, Estrada Perez, 23, and Gonzalez-Torres, 23, were all arrested on federal credit card fraud charges on October 7, 2015 by the United States Secret Service in New Orleans, Louisiana. All three defendants were released on bond on October 9, 2015 and were only allowed to travel throughout the Eastern District of Louisiana and to Southern District of Florida. Juliet Estrada-Perez was being supervised by the U.S. Probation office in Miami, Florida.

On April 18, 2016, Juliet Estrada-Perez and Luis Rivera-Garcia were arrested in Fort Myers, Florida by deputies from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Estrada-Perez and Rivera-Garcia were charged with Trafficking in Stolen Credit Cards. Both defendants are alleged to have been in possession of 28 fraudulent credit cards which were seized by Lee County Sheriff’s deputies. Estrada-Perez and Rivera-Garcia were released on bond from the Lee county jail.

Based on their arrests in Fort Myers, arrest warrants were issued by the U.S. District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 19, 2016 charging Estrada-Perez and Rivera-Garcia with violation of Supervised Release. U.S. Coast Guard officials notified the U.S. Marshals today that Estrada-Perez and Rivera-Garcia were found holding on to a capsized boat just north of Cuba.

Today, an arrest warrant was also issued by the federal court in New Orleans for Gonzalez-Torres since he was in the company of his two co-defendants near Cuban waters. The arrest warrant charges Gonzalez-Torres with Violation of Supervised Release as well. U.S. Marshals believe the three co-defendants may have been fleeing to Cuba to avoid prosecution in the U.S. All three defendants will make their initial appearance in federal court in Key West on Monday April 25, 2016. A photo of each defendant can be obtained by logging into the Monroe County Sheriff’s website at the following link, www.keysso.net/arrests/arrest_list.htm.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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