(WBNG) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York says seven individuals have been indicted in connection with a gas station skimming scheme.
The attorney’s office says the seven indicted individuals were part of a scheme using stolen credit and debit card numbers of gas station customers in Broome, Albany, and Montgomery counties.
The following is a list of three defendants that were arrested, provided by the attorney’s office:
- Joan Jesus Manso Diegez, 33, of Miami, charged with conspiracy to commit access device fraud and money laundering.
- Atnetys Ferreira, 40, of Miami, charged with conspiracy to commit laundering
- Hugo Hernandez, 32, of Miami Lakes, Florida, charged with conspiracy to commit access device fraud and money laundering
According to the attorney’s office, the defendants conspired to build and install gas station skimming devices inside gas pumps from April 2016 to December 2018.
A list of gas stations affected was not provided.
The office says the defendants then tried to use the data they collected to create fraudulent debit and credit cards to obtain money orders, gift cards, cash and “other merchandise.”
The office notes that if Dieguez, Ferreira, and Hernandez are convicted, they face up to 20 years each and a fine of up to $500,000 or “twice the value of the property involved” in the money laundering conspiracy.
This case is being investigated by the FBI and USPIS.
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