Weekly Feature

2018-09-12 / Business

Skimmer scam affects multiple gas stations

Giraldo Cardenas, 36, of Homestead, Florida, has pleaded guilty before in State Supreme Court to one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and one count of scheme to defraud in the first degree, according to the office of Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.

Authorities said Cardenas admitted that he was involved in the installation of credit card skimmers that were placed in various gas station pumps in Amherst, Lancaster and the Town of Tonawanda between July 14 and 25 of this year.

The skimmers, a device that can be affixed to a card reader, obtained credit and debit card information that Cardenas used to create fraudulent debit cards, which were then used to make purchases at local merchants, the DA’s office said.

Cardenas faces a maximum of seven years in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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