Police accuse men of buying nearly 100 gallons of diesel fuel with cloned credit card

The Texas Comptroller for Public Accounts says 2 men stole more than 90 gallons of diesel fuel using a cloned credit card. (Photo: MGN Online)

Police accuse man of buying nearly 100 gallons of diesel fuel with cloned credit card

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller for Public Accounts is accusing a man of buying diesel fuel with a cloned credit card and illegally transporting 93 gallons of fuel without the proper documentation.

On Wednesday, June 28, the CID was conducting roving surveillance in the Austin area when they spotted a pickup truck with an auxiliary fuel tank in its bed that they say was a suspect vehicle in diesel theft schemes.

According to an affidavit, the TCPA CID observed the truck leave the suspect's home and proceed to a Valero convenience store in the 11100 block of N. I-35 bear Braker Lane in north Austin.

Investigators saw the truck pull up to the pump and observed the driver, identified as 28-year-old Jose Gamboa Infante, pump diesel fuel into the auxiliary tank while another man sat inside the cab.

According to court documents, loss prevention officers with Valero verified that 93 gallons of diesel fuel, valued at $200, had been charged to a MasterCard for Gamboa's transaction.

The agents initiated a traffic stop after the truck left the station to conduct a motor fuel tax compliance. Gamboa told officers he didn't have a motor fuel transporters license nor documents relating to the fuel he was transporting.

CID officers say Gamoba told them he purchased the fuel with cash. After TCPA received consent to search the truck, they found a wallet containing 11 different credit, debit and gift cards.

Agents swiped a card through a card reader, according to the affidavit, and confirmed the information on the card did not match the information on the magnetic strip.

Neither Gamboa nor the passenger claimed ownership of the wallet.

Gamboa and the passenger, 46-year-old Ernesto Carbo Lastre, were arrested and charged with transporting motor fuel on a public highway without shipping documents, a 2nd degree felony.

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