17,000 guests at the Emily Morgan Hotel in San Antonio had their credit-card numbers stolen and used in a 3-state shopping spree to buy farm and ranch equipment, tires, machinery, all-terrain vehicles and other goods. Prosecutors unsealed indictments Thursday against 5 people in the largest identify-theft case ever in San Antonio history.
The suspects stole stacks of stolen credit-card receipts from a storage room at the hotel to make counterfeit credit cards. Some of the victims — mostly tourists — didn’t realize their information was compromised until months or even years later.
The indictments charge Ruben “Hollywood” Costello; his wife, Elena Ramirez Fraga; Cody Quincy Jones; Randy Ray Flaharty; and Samuel Micha Dyer with conspiracy to commit identity theft fraud.