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Woman extradited to La. in Harrah's fraud probe

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NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana State Police, with the help of Massachusetts State Police, have extradited a woman back to Louisiana to face several fraud charges related to transactions she allegedly made at Harrah's Casino. 

On Jan. 11, Hildanir Rojas, 31, of Rhode Island made two fraudulent credit card transactions totaling $4,000 at the casino, police said. The credit cards used were embossed stolen credit card numbers in Rojas' name.

On Oct. 15, Rojas was arrested by Massachusetts State Police at Boston Logan Airport and was booked into the Suffolk County Detention Center. She was extradited on Wednesday and booked into Orleans Central Lock-Up on charges of theft, unauthorized use of an access card,  identity theft, access device fraud, possession of fraudulent ID documents, forgery and monetary instrument abuse.

Since 2011, Louisiana State Police Gaming Investigators have been investigating several fraudulent credit card transactions made at Harrah's. Investigators have identified 15 suspects involved in two separate groups which have committed more that over $140,000 worth of fraudulent credit card transactions at Harrah's.

Troopers have made three previous arrests during the investigation:

1. Miguel Rijo of Bronx, N.Y. Rijo committed $8,000 in fraudulent transactions in December 2011 and was extradited from New York in May 2012.

2. Tania Martinez of Bronx, N.Y. Martinez committed $3,000 in fraudulent transactions in February 2013 and was arrested on-site at Harrah's Casino during the transaction.

3. Carla Castellon-Penaranda of New York, N.Y. Castellon-Penaranda committed $2,000 in fraudulent transactions in February 2013 and was arrested on-site at Harrah's Casino during the transactions.

Two additional suspects have been arrested in Ohio performing similar transactions. They are awaiting extradition back to Louisiana once they face their charges in Ohio.

Troopers are working with the United States Secret Service Financial Crimes Task Force to identify additional suspects.

The Louisiana State Police online reporting system is available to the public through a secure reporting form that is submitted to the investigators. In can be accessed here.

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