BILLINGS, Mont. — A Texas man accused of fishing hundreds of credit card numbers from the garbage and using them to pay for stays at several Rocky Mountain resorts pleaded guilty Friday to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Jesse G. Tucker, 40, of Texarkana, entered his plea in District Court in Billings. His wife, Jennifer Kay, 38, of Billings, also was indicted and has pleaded not guilty.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Archer said the scheme ran from December 2004 until the Tuckers were arrested in February 2005. The couple posed as others and used stolen credit card numbers to stay at resorts and hotels in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Montana, said Archer, who estimated the total loss from the scam at $60,000.
The Tuckers were arrested near Joliet after leading authorities on a high-speed chase. Employees at Rock Creek Resort in Red Lodge called the Carbon County Sheriff's Department because of suspicious activity by the Tuckers, including alleged drug activity in their room. Deputies learned the Tuckers were driving a stolen vehicle and when they arrived, the couple fled.
Tucker's sentencing is scheduled for June 26.