Broward County

Suspected card-carrying con men busted while boarding at airport

Joshua Hernandez, facing 139 counts of trafficking in counterfeit credit cards
Joshua Hernandez, facing 139 counts of trafficking in counterfeit credit cards

An increasing number of flights accept credit or debit cards for food and drinks. Still, 13 fraudulent credit cards in luggage set off concerns from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Security. TSA felt the same way about four credit cards with names and numbers, and 135 blank credit cards camouflaged in five boxes of playing cards.

According to arrest affidavits, that’s how North Miami-Dade’s Junior Paul and Davie’s Joshua Hernandez wound up being booked into Broward County Jail instead of on a Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale-to-Denver flight on Wednesday.

Hernandez’s bond was set at $20,000 on 139 counts of trafficking in counterfeit credit cards. Paul, who has yet to post $18,000 bond, faces one count of trafficking in counterfeit credit cards and 13 counts of making counterfeit credit cards. Whether or not the two were working together or were sole illegal entrepreneurs coincidentally on the same flight is unknown.

Hernandez’s previous conviction cited him for prowling/loitering. Among Paul’s eight career criminal convictions: possessing a forged driver’s license; use or possession of another’s identification without their consent; and use of a false identification that adversely affects another.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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