RICHFIELD, Minn. (KMSP) - A Florida woman is being charged with fraud and identity theft after investigators found an envelope containing stolen credit cards had been mailed to her at a Twin Cities hotel and located 77 additional credit cards inside her hotel room.
On March 2, postal inspectors found an envelope containing a large quantity of credit cards address to 29-year-old Elizabeth Mirabal at Candlewood Suites in Richfield, Minn., according to the criminal complaint.
Mirabal told police she was from Miami, but had been in Minnesota for two days to visit friends. She gave the officers permission to search her purse, where they found a Georgia ID card for “Joanna Liezzi” with her picture on it and 77 credit cards under the same name. She was taken into custody.
In a search of Mirabal’s hotel room, officers found a bag with multiple torn up credit cards and several other bags containing credit card receipts.
Officers also found a wallet left in a trash can at the hotel containing eight more credit cards under the name “Joanna Liezzi.”
After further investigation, police discovered the credit cards matched the numbers of those reported stolen or for fraudulent use by 26 different victims.
Mirabal is facing felony charges for fraud and identity theft.