The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested three men on felony charges Tuesday after they attempted to use counterfeit credit cards.
Deputies responded to Saks Fifth Avenue at the Mall at University Town Center just after 2:00 p.m., for reports of possible fraud. According to loss prevention staff, these men entered the store and one attempted to use two credit cards that were declined and determined to be fraudulent. When the transaction was declined, the men exited toward the parking lot where they got into a black Cadillac Escalade. Loss prevention directed responding deputies to the vehicle where they made contact with driver Maykel Medina, Alexander Brito-Magdaleno and Yosmani Alfonso-Cruz. In the back seat of the vehicle, deputies recovered seven counterfeit credit cards and a fraudulent driver's license with Alfonso-Cruz' photo.
Medina, DOB 06/30/76, is charged with a single count of Criminal Use of Personal Identification. He was released Wednesday on $1,500 bond. Brito-Magdaleno, DOB 02/17/73, is charged with Trafficking in or Possessing Counterfeit Credit Cards. He was released Wednesday on $7,500 bond. Alfonso-Cruz, DOB 08/07/82, is charged with Possession of a Counterfeit Driver's License and Trafficking in or Possessing Counterfeit Credit Cards. He was released Wednesday on $9,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.
Yosmani Alfonso Cruz