BOSTON — A Florida man pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston on Wednesday to his role in a gas station scheme to “steal thousands of customer debit and credit card account numbers and other personally identifiable information through a network of gas-powered electronic skimming devices.” stations throughout New England,” said a written statement from the Massachusetts Department of Justice.
Luis Angel Naranjo Rodriguez, 32, of Hialeah, Fla., was charged with eight counts of wire fraud, four counts of bank fraud, four counts of serious identity theft, one count of possession of 15 or more counterfeit or unauthorized access devices (the debit card). and credit card account numbers), and one count of owning device-making equipment (the card-skimming devices), the statement said.
Between April 2019 and November 2019, Naranjo Rodriguez regularly traveled from Florida to Massachusetts to maintain a network of card skimmers that he had “secretly” installed in gas pumps at many gas stations in Massachusetts and other New England areas.
“The devices were programmed to send text messages to his cell phone containing stolen account information after customers used their debit or credit cards to purchase gasoline from the compromised fuel pumps,” the department reported.
Card skimming devices linked to Naranjo Rodriguez’s phone were “traced to at least 11 different gas stations” in Lynnfield, Concord, Malden, Taunton, Randolph and Raynham in Massachusetts; Portland, Maine; Nashua, New Hampshire; and Willington, Connecticut.
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How he did it
During this scheme, Naranjo Rodriguez’s cell phone received “at least 4,878 text messages containing stolen debit and credit card account numbers,” the statement said. And many of these text messages also contain the names and PINs of the account holders.
Naranjo Rodriguez “then cloned the unwitting victims’ account information onto gift cards and other prepaid cards to steal money from them, usually by using the cloned cards to make ATM withdrawals, to purchase consumer goods to resell in secondary markets, and to request money back for debit card transactions,” the statement said.
On November 16, 2019, the plan ended when security cameras at a Framingham petrol station and CVS caught the suspect using four cloned cards to withdraw money from victims’ bank accounts at ATMs. He was arrested the same night at the Concord Rotary Gulf gas station, “where he was tampering with a fuel pump after the gas station closed,” the statement said.
Police found “four cloned cards from the ATM withdrawals earlier that night, as well as fuel pump keys, black latex gloves, four card-skimming devices, and the cell phone used by Naranjo Rodriguez to access victims’ credit and debit card information.” ‘. statement said.
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Naranjo Rodriguez was arrested and charged in March 2020 and then indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2020. At his hearing on Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for May 11, 2023.
While awaiting sentencing, Naranjo Rodriguez faces the following:
Serious identity theft: two years in prison, up to one year of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine
Bank fraud: to 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release, and a $1 million fine
Cable Fraud: to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine
Device making equipment: sentence of up to 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine
Possession of 15 or more counterfeit or unauthorized access devices: sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine
United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Andrew Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Boston Field Office made the announcement. Special assistance was provided by police forces in Raynham, Concord and Lunenburg, Massachusetts; Nashua, New Hampshire; and Portland, Maine. Assistant Attorney Fred M. Wyshak III of Rollins’ Organized Crime & Gang Unit is prosecuting the case.
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