Milpitas Man Allegedly Made Fake Starbucks Cards

Charles Ryan Angeles, 31, was arrested Jan. 30, following the arrests of his two alleged accomplices in a fraudulent credit and gift card scam.

A man allegedly found with an embosser, computer programs and blank Starbucks cards in his Milpitas home is set for arraignment next month on fraud, counterfeiting and identity theft charges.

Charles Ryan Angeles, 31, was arrested Jan. 30, following the arrests of his alleged cohorts, who allegedly tried to cash several fake $500 Starbucks cards.

Police caught up with Angeles at his Milpitas home, where officers found an embosser, computer programs, blank Starbucks cards and lists of hundreds of names and personal information, records show.

Investigators also found email messages indicating attempts to purchase more names and credit card numbers, according to court records, leading officers to believe Angeles was supplying the information and cards.

Angeles is set for arraignment March 7.

Willie Lozano, 55 and Phong Nguyen Le, 32 were arrested when a clerk at a check cashing place in San Mateo recognized them from an earlier attempt at cashing cards and called police.

When police arrived, they found Lozano and Le sitting in a vehicle across the street from the check cashing place; a check of their names revealed they both had warrants out for their arrests in unrelated cases, court records show.

Officers got a whiff of fresh marijuana and searched the vehicle, finding 11 pounds of pot in the trunk -- wrapped into one-pound bricks -- as well as packaging materials, records indicate.

Investigators also found fake driver licenses on Lozano -- with his face but in different names -- as well as fake credit cards in the same bogus names, records show.

Other false cards were found in the vehicle, with other identification and other fraud-committing materials, records show.


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