01-29-10 BPD arrests 2 in major retail fraud case. Losses
exceed $10,000, 50 fake credit cards found
Boise, Jan. 29, 2010 -Boise Police have two men in custody after
local retailers alerted officers to what appears to be a major
retail fraud ring.
The suspects are not local, and officers believe the suspects may
have committed similar crimes in other cities.
Losses to just one local retailer over just the past two days are
known to be more than $10,000.
"We think this will be a big case, and it was solved because we
have a unique cooperative program here in Boise between law
enforcement and retailers," said Curt Crum, head of the Boise
Police Department's Organized Retail Crime Unit.
What Happened: Boise Police were alerted Wednesday
afternoon, Jan. 29th when loss prevention agents at a Boise area
Home Depot discovered a large purchase of gift cards made with what
appeared to be fraudulent credit cards. The Home Depot loss
prevention agents were able to give police a description of a
vehicle the suspects were driving.
Boise Police learned the suspect vehicle is a rental and was last
rented in Albuquerque, New Mexico January 14th. Boise Police
believe the suspects have been in the Boise area since Jan. 25th.
Law enforcement all over the valley was alerted to look for the
This morning, investigators with the Boise Police Organized Retail
Crime unit spotted the suspect vehicle parked at a hotel near I-84
and Cole Rd. Officers waited for the suspects to return to their
car and took the two men into custody.
The Investigation: Boise Police, with assistance
from Meridian Police and Secret Service agents, conducted a search
warrant on the suspect vehicle (see photos attached).
Officers found more than $10,400 in fraudulently purchased Home
Depot gift cards, as well as a number of other gift cards from
retailers around the Treasure Valley.
Officers also found approx. 50 counterfeit credit cards.
Some of the gift cards were found in a small compartment hidden
behind the vehicles glove box.
About Retail Fraud: Investigators believe these
suspects gained access to actual, legitimate credit card accounts.
The suspects use the legitimate credit account information to
create counterfeit credit cards with matching fake identification.
The suspects use the fake credit and ID cards to buy gift cards
from retailers. How the suspects access the legitimate credit
account information remains under investigation.
Investigators believe the two men in custody in Boise are part
of a much larger retail fraud operation. Investigators say
fraudulently obtained gift cards are often sold on the internet or
to other buyers who may or may not know they're purchasing
fraudulently obtained gift cards, often buying the cards for below
Consumers are the losers: "We all pay for these
crimes, literally, " said Crum. "We pay higher prices at retail
stores as they try to cover their losses from this type of
Nationwide, retailers report billions lost each year to theft
The suspects are currently identified as:
Arrested: Enrique J. Mora, 26, Miami, FL
Arrested: Leansy Milanes, 25, Miami , FL
Charges against both: Conspiracy to commit Grand Theft (F),
Criminal possession of a financial transaction card(F)
Both suspects are awaiting transport to the Ada County Jail at this
This investigation remains ongoing.
About the Boise PD Organized Retail Crime Unit:
The Boise Police Department's Organized Retail crime Unit
works closely and cooperatively with loss prevention agents from
local retail stores, large and small, local and national chains.
The goal for police and retailers is to work together to reduce
theft and fraud, crimes that directly impact consumer prices.