Man pleads guilty to charges in credit-card scheme |

Man pleads guilty to charges in credit-card scheme

Aspen Times Staff Report

The apparent ringleader of a highly complex credit-card-fraud scheme pleaded guilty Monday to three felony counts related to the plot in a tentative plea bargain in 9th Judicial District Court.

Roberto Guedea, 31, pleaded guilty 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.

Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills dropped more than a dozen other counts against Guedea as part of the agreement.

Guedea, of Los Angeles, was on probation for a prior felony conviction when he was arrested in Aspen on Feb. 13. As a result, he faces two to six years in prison for each count, to run concurrently as stipulated in the agreement.

Because of that stipulation, Judge J.E. DeVilbiss said he would not formally accept the disposition yesterday. DeVilbiss said he must first review Guedea’s presentence report, a document to be prepared shortly by the probation department, before making such an allowance.

Guedea is scheduled to be sentenced May 17.

Two other Los Angeles men – Jorge Frias and Ricardo Henriquez – were arrested in connection with the fraud scheme.

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