Patricia Perez-Gonzalez, 26, and her boyfriend, Alberto Companioni, 31, were living a life of extravagance in the stereotypical way some outsiders think all Miamians live. But it turns out they may have been funding that opulent lifestyle with a complex criminal operation of credit card fraud.
Beginning in 2014, the couple stole people’s personal information to obtain American Express personal cards, prosecutors say. The victims were primarily senior citizens, and the duo would have the cards sent to random locations. They racked up charges on luxury vacations, designer clothes, and exotic cars.