Leader of ATM-Card-Skimming Ring to Prison

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A California man accused of skimming data from debit card readers at Las Vegas Chase bank branches has been sentenced to prison.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Jacob Villanueva of Fontana, Calif. was sentenced Thursday to 81 months behind bars. He was also ordered to pay nearly $30,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

Villanueva is described as the leader of an identity theft ring that operated from 2009 to 2011. Ten others pleaded guilty in the case.

Prosecutors say the defendants installed skimming devices on outdoor card readers mounted at Chase bank branches. Officials say they captured account data from customers sliding their cards, and installed tiny cameras on ATMs to record PIN numbers.

The data was used to create fake cards and steal customers' money.

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