NY: Flushing man sentenced for credit card scam

This story from the Buffalo News is the kind of story that I find frustrating in terms of reporting:

A Flushing man was sentenced to a year in prison for stealing credit card numbers that were used to withdraw more than $510,000, U. S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said.

Cheng Si Chen, 58, was convicted of bank fraud and sentenced Tuesday to prison and also four years of supervised release by U. S. District Judge William M. Skretny, who also ordered Chen to pay $32,000 in restitution.

Authorities said Chen was a member of a credit card counterfeiting ring that stole credit and debit card numbers from hundreds of bank customers and then used them to make counterfeit cards, said Assistant U. S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango. The cards were used to withdraw money from ATMs at Seneca Niagara Casino, Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca Bingo Hall and other casinos throughout the United States, Mango said.

HOW or from where did the ring steal the credit and debit card numbers? I’ve contacted the U.S. Attorney’s Office by phone and email and have not gotten any answer to my inquiries.

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