Miami-Dade Resident Sentenced to 8 ½ Years in Prison; Restaurant Customers’ Data Misused

We’re still missing important details on this previously reported case, but here’s an update:

A Miami-Dade County resident was sentenced to 102 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for operating a scheme to skim credit card numbers, manufacture counterfeit credit cards and file false federal income tax returns.

Christopher M. Mack, 31, previously pled guilty to one count of possession of fifteen or more counterfeit and unauthorized access devices, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(3), one count of possession of device making equipment, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(4), and one count of aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1).

According to court documents, Mack engaged in a scheme to skim credit card numbers from the customers of a South Beach restaurant.  Pursuant to the investigation and the execution of a search warrant at Mack’s residence, officers discovered a magnetic stripe encoder, a credit card skimmer, over 100 counterfeit credit cards embossed with Mack’s name, three spiral notebooks filled with the personal identifying information of approximately 600 individuals, loose sheets of paper filled with over 1,000 Social Security numbers, and thirteen white envelopes containing approximately $200,000 worth of Western Union money order receipts.

Law enforcement reviewed the contents of the spiral notebooks and discovered numerous handwritten entries detailing the filing of federal tax returns. The IRS confirmed that the entries corresponded to fraudulently filed tax returns submitted to the agency.


SOURCE: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida

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