4 men sentenced for fraud in West Virginia, other states

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A gas station skimming fraud scheme investigated by the FBI, United States Secret Service, West Virginia State Police and Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the sentencing of four Florida men to a combined 297 months of incarceration, US Attorney Bill Powell announced on Wednesday.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, the four men involved in the scam admitted to their roles in a conspiracy spanning four states that involved using skimming devices at gas pumps, using technology to upload the account information and creating fraudulent cards with said accounts. The fraudulent cards created by the four men were used to make unauthorized transactions at different business in West Virginia, among other locations.

Meylan Montalvo Gomez, 27, of Hialeah, Florida was sentenced to 57 months incarceration.
Gomez pled guilty to one count each of “Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud” and one
count each of “Access Device Fraud-Use of Unauthorized Access Device” in June 2018.

Yosan Pons Sosa, 29, of Miami, Florida was sentenced to 46 months incarceration. Sosa pled guilty to one count each of “Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud” and one count each of “Access Device Fraud-Use of Unauthorized Access Device” in June 2018.

Lazaro Serrano Diaz, 27, of Miami, Florida was sentenced to 57 months incarceration. Diaz pled guilty to one count each of “Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud” and one count each of “Access Device Fraud-Use of Unauthorized Access Device” in June 2018.

Naudi Reyes Fernandez, 37, of Miami, Florida was sentenced to 51 months incarceration. Fernandez pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud” and one count of “Access Device Fraud-Possession of Device-Making Equipment” in June 2018.

The court calculated the intended loss as approximately $1,000,000, based upon the fact that when the men were arrested, they were found with a laptop containing over 2,000 different debit and credit card numbers, the US Attorney’s Office said. 

According to the US Attorney’s Office, the judge also ordered each defendant to pay $33,750, and ordered restitution in the amount of $61,844.56. 

Additionally, the judge ordered the forfeiture of the following:

  • approximately 33 gift cards containing an unknown value;
  • approximately $72,495.73 in US currency;
  • approximately $28,498.00 worth of Western Union money orders;
  • approximately $10,300.00 worth of MoneyGram money orders;
  • one magnetic stripe card reader-writer-encoder
  • two laptops
  • six cell phones

Senior United States District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

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