Florida Man has struck again! Fredrick Lewis, a Fort Lauderdale man, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for using stolen credit cards to buy several vacation packages at Universal Orlando between March 2018 and June 2020. His purchases totaled just over $62,000.
Lewis used stolen credit card numbers belonging to 36 different people. He purchased the packages through the Universal call center and called from over 20 different phone numbers to avoid detection. He and others involved would then use the tickets and hotel packages or exchange them for Universal gift cards.
In June of 2019, investigators with Universal contacted Secret Service agents after noticing Lewis had purchased several packages since March 2018 using compromised credit cards. Despite calling from so many different phone numbers, Lewis regularly gave Universal agents the same callback numbers. The Secret Service was able to use those numbers to find his social media profiles. They then matched his voice in social media videos to recordings of his conversations with Universal ticket agents.
Lewis was detained at Universal’s Volcano Bay on June 25, 2020. Lewis told a Secret Service agent “he knew what he was doing was ‘sketchy’”. The Secret Service found Lewis had been using his phone to frequently access a website that sells stolen credit card numbers.
Lewis was arrested on October 8, 2020 and pleaded guilty to the charges on January 6, 2021.