ESTERO — A Miami man who bought several gift cards with credit cards, one owned by a woman in Brazil, was arrested on several felonies Wednesday after a Coconut Point mall store clerk thought he was suspicious.
Ismael D. Valle, also known as William Valle and who gave deputies a name of William H. Guiterrez, 48, was charged with five counts each of grand theft and illegal use of a credit card and one count each of giving a false name to law enforcement and possessing a counterfeited driver’s license. He remained Thursday in Lee County Jail pending posting of $12,500 in bonds.
According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report:
Employees at Marciano in Coconut Point, 8000 Mediterranean Drive, Estero, said the man wanted to activate $400 in gift cards. However, the original transaction for the purchase would have to be verified by calling the company for the credit card he used for the transaction. The man left the store.
Lee County sheriff's deputies arrived and found the man, who was carrying shopping bags from Victoria Secret and Sephora. He gave deputies a driver’s license with the Gutierrez name on it. They determined it was fake.
After arresting Valle, deputies found credit cards he used to purchase gift cards, including: American Express for $400 in gift cards from Aldo, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, Lucky Brand Jeans and Sephora; and a G.E. Moneycard Mastercard for $400 gift cards from Coach and Victoria Secret.
Some store clerks remembered the transactions because the card would not go through the reader and they had to complete the sales manually. The name Gutierrez was on the credit cards.
An American Express representative said the one card was fraudulent and the account number was owned by a woman in Brazil. The representative also told deputies it was used during “the last several days for multiple purchases well over several thousand dollars inside the Coconut Point mall.”
Valle may face additional charges.