Men who bought and used stolen card data from Hannaford breach sentenced

Joseph Serna reports:

An Irvine man is scheduled to surrender himself to police Nov. 12 and serve a year in jail for his role in a credit card forgery ring, Orange County prosecutors said.

Jerome Abaquin Gonzales, 33, pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court Sept. 10 to felony counts of conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and trafficking and possessing access card materials.

The credit card information came from a data breach in a Florida supermarket chain between December 2007 and March 2008 where 4.2 million Discover Card accounts were compromised, the largest such breach in the nation’s history.

In a six-week run between March and April 2008, Gonzales and Thomas Michio Taniguchi, 45, formerly of Northridge, used stolen Discover Card account information to get cash and merchandise from 33 locations in Orange County.

Read more in the Daily Pilot.

The Daily News also covers the story but focuses more on the other defendant,  Thomas Michio Taniguchi.

Previous coverage on the Hannaford Bros. breach can be found in’s archives, here, and here.

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