Three charged in lucrative skimmer scheme

Andrew Blankstein reports:

Prosecutors charged a trio of suspected identity thieves each with nearly two dozen criminal charges Monday for allegedly taking $2 million by using credit card skimming technology at gas pumps.

Albert Jose Gonzalez, 39, of Lancaster, Josue Gustavo Albizuras, 42, of Los Angeles, and Cesar Vasquez Echeverria, 28, of Santa Clarita were arrested Feb. 25 after a three-year investigation by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and FBI. They face multiple counts of conspiracy, identity theft, grand theft and computer access fraud.


At the time of the arrests, authorities had recovered 10,000 stolen credit and debit card numbers, as well as computers, cellphones, digital storage devices and equipment designed to make and encode credit and debit cards.

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