Andres Correa of Elizabeth given 3 years in prison for identity theft and credit card fraud

A Union County man was sentenced to three years in state prison Friday for his role in a scheme to steal people’s identities and engage in credit card fraud.

Andres A. Correa, 30, of Elizabeth, who is also known as Frank Perec, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega in Union Elizabeth, according to state Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza Dagli.

The sentence was based on Correa’s guilty plea to second-degree trafficking in personal identifying information of another and second-degree identity theft. The charges were contained in a Union County grand jury indictment returned on April 9.

In pleading guilty on Aug. 11, Correa admitted that between July 1 and Oct. 1, 2008, he obtained credit card numbers of more than 10 Delta gas station customers without their knowledge. Correa then used the credit card numbers to create other credit cards that were used to commit fraud.

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