Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Commercial Crimes Bureau
Richard Reyes Duenas,
On December 6, 2010, Lakewood Sheriff’s Station deputies contacted Richard Reyes Duenas as a result of a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, Richard Reyes Duenas, an admitted Sovereign Citizen, became resistive and was subsequently arrested. During a search of Duenas’ vehicle, 16 fraudulent Macy’s Department Store gift cards were discovered.
On January 25, 2012, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Richard Reyes Duenas with one count of Grand Theft, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Fraud, three counts of Acquiring Access Card Account Information to Commit Grand Theft and nine counts of Access Card Forgery in connection with Gift Card Fraud associated with Macy’s Department Store. The Los Angeles County Superior Court case number is BA392815.
The matter was referred to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Commercial Crimes Bureau for investigation.
A subsequent investigation determined that Richard Reyes Duenas was obtaining Macy’s Department Store gift card account numbers and associated PIN codes, which he utilized to prepare forged Macy’s gift cards, via inactive Macy’s gift cards stolen from Macy’s Department Stores. The forged Macy’s Department Store gift cards were sold at street level to consumers by Richard Reyes Duenas’ associates. The fraudulent gift cards were also utilized by Richard Reyes Duenas, and his associates, to make Macy’s Department Store purchases of Apple electronics. Richard Reyes Duenas had been connected to the theft of approximately $218,000 in Macy’s Department Store gift card dollars.
A total of 41 Macy’s Department Stores were targeted, ranging from the Oakland area to San Diego. The city locations: Los Angeles, Burbank, Chula Vista, Torrance, El Cajon, San Diego, Culver City, Glendale, Santa Barbara, Laguna Hills, Lakewood, North Hollywood, Cerritos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Montclair, Montebello, Newport Beach, Escondido, Northridge, National City, Pleasanton, City of Industry, San Bernardino, Daly City, Redondo Beach, Costa Mesa, Hayward, Sunnyvale, Thousand Oaks, Canoga Park, La Jolla, Ventura, Rancho Cucamonga, and Woodland Hills.
Four associates of Richard Duenas were arrested and charged in 2012. They include Brent Justin Delgadillo, charged with one count Grand Theft, one count Conspiracy to Commit Fraud, and ten counts Access Card Forgery; Noemi Fuentefria, charged with one count Grand Theft, one count Conspiracy to Commit Fraud, seven counts Access Card Forgery, and one count Access Card Sales; Geovani Vega, charged with one count Grand Theft, one count Conspiracy, four counts Access Card Forgery and one count of Acquiring Access Card Account Information to Commit Grand Theft; and Daniel Alvarez, charged with one count Grand Theft and one count Conspiracy. Between the dates of May 16 -17, 2012 all four associates were arrested and have been successfully prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Richard Reyes Duenas had remained outstanding.
The Commercial Crimes Bureau recently received information that Richard Reyes Duenas was residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was contacted and subsequently placed Richard Reyes Duenas under arrest.
Richard Reyes Duenas waived extradition and was subsequently transported to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Walnut Sheriff’s Station, where he was booked on June 19, 2013 for the indicated charges.
Anyone with information or questions regarding this case is asked to contact Detective R. Barton at (562) 946-7217.
Effected Macy’s store locations:
Beverly Center, Burbank Town Center, Chula Vista Center, Chula Vista, Del Amo, El Cajon Parkway Plaza, Fashion Valley Mall, Fox Hills, Glendale Galleria, Horton Plaza, La Cumbre Plaza, Laguna Hills, Lakewood, Laurel Plaza, North Hollywood, Los Cerritos, Manhattan Beach, Mission Valley, Mission Viejo, Montclair Plaza, Montebello Town Center, Newport Fashion Island, Newport Beach, Northcounty Fair, Northridge Fashion Center, Plaza Los Angeles, Plaza Bonita, Pleasanton, Puente Hills, San Bernardino Island Center, Serramonte, Daly City, Sherman Oaks, South Bay Galleria, South Coast Plaza - Main, South Coast Plaza - Home, Southland Hayward, Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale, Thousand Oaks, Topanga Plaza, University Town Center, Ventura Pacific View, Victoria Gardens, Westside Pavillions, Woodland Hills Promenade