Florida Man Used Stolen Credit Cards to Purchase Over $60,000 Worth of Universal Orlando Resort Vacation Packages
A man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for using stolen credit cards to spend approximately $62,300 on Universal Orlando Resort park tickets and hotel reservations, Orlando Sentinel reports.
Fredrick Lewis, 32 from Ft. Lauderdale, purchased vacation packages primarily through Universal’s call center between March 2018 and June 2020. He used stolen credit card numbers belonging to 36 different people. He and others involved would then use the tickets and hotel reservations or exchange them for Universal gift cards.
After noticing Lewis had purchased several packages using compromised credit cards, Universal investigators contacted the Secret Service in June 2019.
Lewis used over 20 different phone numbers when calling Universal, but he frequently gave Universal agents the same callback number. The Secret Service found Lewis’ social media profiles through his phone number and was able to match his voice from social media videos to Universal’s call recordings.
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Secret Service detained Lewis on June 25, 2020, while he was visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay. Lewis told one of the agents that “he knew what he was doing was ‘sketchy'” and gave them his phone number. They found a device he had used to access a website that sells stolen credit card numbers.
Lewis was arrested on October 8 in Oregon. He pleaded guilty to two charges of trafficking in a counterfeit device on January 6. He was sentenced to 37 months on Wednesday, April 14. As part of his sentencing, he is ordered to pay $30,780.82 in restitution to Universal Orlando Resort and will face three years of supervised release.