Florida man sentenced to nine years in federal prison for fraud scheme operation installing skimming device into the gas stations in Madison, Wisconsin.
Alejandro Arias-Perez, 29, Miami, Florida, was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison for possession of skimming device making equipment. Arias-Perez pleaded guilty to the charge on November 29, 2017.
The U.S. government’s investigation into Arias-Perez revealed that he was a leader in credit card fraud scheme that involved installing skimmers into gas stations to steal credit card information. The investigation showed that once Arias-Perez retrieved the skimming device from the gas stations, he downloaded the stolen credit card numbers information onto his computer and emailed those stolen numbers to his accomplices in Miami, who were cloned in producing fake credit cards.
After the fake credit cards were made, Arias-Perez provided the cards to other conspirators who traveled to the states where the card numbers were stolen. His crime accomplices used the fake cards in those states to buy as many goods as possible. The merchandise was then shipped back to the Arias-Perez in Miami.
According to an investigation, detectives discovered that Arias-Perez installed a skimming device inside a gas station at the Shell in Madison on August 12, 2016. The skimmer device was found on August 23, 2016. A forensic analysis of the device revealed that it contained 382 credit and debit card numbers.
Additionally, on September 1, 2016, Madison police officers discovered a skimming device placed inside a BP gas station also in Madison area. The investigation revealed that Arias-Perez placed the skimmer device on August 12, 2016. A forensic analysis of the skimmer showed that it contained 547 debit and credit card numbers.
During the investigation, a search warrant was executed on Arias-Perez’s house in Miami and multiple email accounts controlled by him. As a result of the warrant, federal agents determined that Arias-Perez was responsible for the theft of more than 50,000 credit and debit card numbers that were obtained between 2015 and his arrest on April 2017. The investigation revealed that more than dozens of retailers and financial institutions lost over $1,000,000.
At the sentencing hearing, federal Judge Conley recognized the serious nature of the credit card fraud scheme and noted the potential large-scale devastation that Perez’s scheme had on victims in the case.
Judge also noted that Arias-Perez had expressed no remorse for the thousands of victims impacted by his fraud schemes. Moreover, Judge Conley was concerned that Arias-Perez had two prior felony convictions for similar crimes and not been deterred from engaging in credit cards fraud despite the sentences he received in those prior cases.