Three men arrested in connection with gas station skimming scheme
ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Seven people have been indicted for a scheme in which they are accused of stealing and using credit and debit card number of gas station customers in Albany, Broome, and Montgomery Counties.
Three of the defendants have been arrested. They face fraud and money laundering charges.
According to the indictment, from April 2016 through approximately December 2018, defendants conspired to build and install gas station skimming devices and install those devices inside gas pumps in the aforementioned counties, so they could steal credit and debit card data of gas station customers who used the "pay at the pump" function to purchase gasoline.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York reports that the defendants then used that data to create fraudulent debit and credit cards, which they or co-conspirators used to obtain money orders, gift cards, cash, and other merchandise.
If convicted, the three arrested defendants each face up to 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $500,000, or twice the value of the property involved in the money laundering conspiracy.