NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A member of a group that engaged in card skimming on Virginia’s east coast has been sentenced to more than three years in prison, according to a federal prosecutor.
Denis Monsibaez Diaz, 38, was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Jessica Aber said Friday.
Court documents say Diaz and other co-conspirators, all identified as Cuban nationals, placed skimming devices on gas pumps in Northampton County. The devices would record bank credit and debit card numbers, as well as personal identification numbers of customers.
In April and May 2018, Diaz and his co-conspirators used stolen information and traveled between various locations to withdraw money from victims’ bank accounts and purchase prepaid debit gift cards. They were accused of attempting to steal more than $200,000 in a matter of days following the gas pump skimming.
Aber said Diaz is the seventh defendant convicted for this plot. The crew was awarded losses of over $5 million over several years. The crew chief was discovered to have exchanged more than 9,800 additional stolen credit card numbers using his email account over the past few years. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in January 2021.
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