Los Angeles man to serve five years for credit card scam | AspenTimes.com

Los Angeles man to serve five years for credit card scam

A Los Angeles man convicted of committing the “most elaborate and sophisticated” credit card scam in Aspen’s history was sentenced to five years in prison Monday.

Roberto Guedea, 32, pleaded guilty last month to unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, possession of four or more (fraudulent) financial transaction devices, and conspiracy to commit theft – all class-five felonies. As part of the plea agreement, 16 other counts charged against Guedea were dismissed.

Guedea will serve his time in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Judge J.E. DeVilbiss adopted the recommendations of the probation department’s Kyle Miller in Pitkin County’s Ninth Judicial District Court. He sentenced Guedea to four years for the first count, and five years on each subsequent count. The sentences will run concurrently. Guedea was granted credit for the 94 days he has already spent in jail.

Guedea did not qualify for a probationary sentence because he was on felony probation in California at the time he committed this crime.

According to testimony, Guedea obtained seven fraudulent credit cards and three fake driver’s licenses in Las Vegas. He and two other men then made their way to Aspen for a “once-in-a-lifetime vacation.”

While in Aspen in mid-February, Guedea charged purchases totaling more than $4,000 at 10 different area businesses. Charlie Tarver, owner of the Hub of Aspen, tipped police off to the scheme.

Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills told The Aspen Times that Guedea’s scheme was more elaborate and sophisticated than any other seen in Aspen’s criminal justice system, and he credits Tarver for unraveling the plot.

The two co-defendants in the case, Jorge Frias and Ricardo Henriquez, have entered not guilty pleas and remain free on bond. Conway said Monday that Guedea would cooperate in the prosecution of the two men.

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