Credit Card Skimming Gets Man 81 Months in Prison - 8 News NOW

Credit Card Skimming Gets Man 81 Months in Prison

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LAS VEGAS -- The leader of a group of Californians who stole information from bank card readers and ATM's to make counterfeit cards received an 81-month prison sentence Thursday, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.

Jacob Villaneuva, Jr., 35, of Fontana, Calif., who pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft charges, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon to pay nearly $30,000 in restitution.

Ten other defendants in the case also pleaded guilty. Eight have been sentenced to prison and two are awaiting sentencing. One defendant is awaiting trial.

According to court records, the defendants from November 2009 through Nov. 4, 2011, installed skimming devices in the internal electronics of the exterior door readers at numerous JP Morgan Chase bank branches in Las Vegas. They did so to capture a customers' account data when they slid their cards through the readers.

The defendants also installed pinhole cameras on the ATM pin pads to capture customers' ATM personal identification numbers. The defendants then used the stolen information to manufacture counterfeit credit cards, which they used for their personal gain. The scheme originated in California, but the defendants relocated to Nevada to evade law enforcement.

Villaneuva has prior convictions in California and Nevada for controlled substances, receipt of stolen property and domestic violence crimes.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and Metro Police, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Frayn.


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