GA: Four Sentenced On Card Fraud Charges

Four men from Tampa, Florida were sentenced today in Georgia.

All four defendants entered guilty pleas to possessing unauthorized access devices on October 23, 2014.

According to facts stipulated in their plea agreements, on May 9, 2014, a Lowndes County, Georgia deputy stopped the vehicle in which the four were travelling on Interstate 75. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found numerous credit and debit cards encoded with stolen account numbers, laptop computers containing more than 400 additional stolen account numbers and a Magnetic Card Reader/Writer used to encode stolen account numbers onto debit and credit cards embossed with the names of the defendants. Deputies also found approximately than 180 gift cards in varying amounts which had been purchased using the stolen account numbers.

Antonio Hernandez-Vilar, aged 44, was sentenced to 80 months imprisonment. Eduardo Rodriguez-Martinez, aged 41, awas sentenced to 48 months imprisonment. Gustavo Hernandez-corona, aged 48, and Aquiles Alvarez-Valdes, aged 40, were both sentenced to 57 months imprisonment.

The defendants were all jointly ordered to pay restitution of $14,364.99 in restitution to known victims of the offense.

SOURCE: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Georgia

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