Weekly Feature

2018-10-17 / Business

Man sentenced for skimmer scam

Giraldo Cardenas, 36, of Homestead, Florida, has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek to six months in jail in connection with the use of credit card skimmers.

According to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn, Cardenas pleaded guilty to the highest charge in the indictment against him.

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

The skimmers, a device that can be affixed to a card reader, obtained the credit and debit card information from the victims. The information was used to create fraudulent debit and credit cards, which were then used to make purchases at local merchants, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Cardenas pleaded guilty 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 in September.

“I am committed to prosecuting offenders who use skimmers or any new technology to steal from residents of Erie County,” Flynn said.

He commended the investigative work of the Amherst and Town of Tonawanda police departments, New York State Police and U.S. Secret Service.

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