SL man sentenced to prison

Rojas used stolen credit cards at Walmart, other SL businesses           

A Storm Lake man who committed multiple frauds in connection with fraudulent credit cards was sentenced on Friday to more than four years in federal prison.

Yoirlan Tome Rojas, 34, of Storm Lake, received the prison term after an October 23, 2014, jury verdict finding him guilty of two counts of using a counterfeit access device; one count of possession of 15 or more counterfeit access devices; one count of money laundering; and two counts of aggravated identity theft. 

Evidence at trial showed Rojas manufactured credit cards using stolen data and utilized those cards to conduct purchases at Walmart and various other places of business in the Storm Lake area. 

Rojas would use the manufactured credit cards to purchase gift cards to later use to make “legitimate” purchases.  At least two of the cards Rojas utilized belonged to individuals who reported unauthorized use of their credit cards. 

United States District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett sentenced Rojas in Sioux City.

Rojas was sentenced to 51 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $600 was imposed.  He must also serve a two-year term of supervised release after the prison term. 

There is no parole in the federal system.

Rojas is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jamie Bowers and investigated by the Storm Lake Police Department and the United States Secret Service.