This week, it was announced that a Las Vegas resident had been sentenced to 24 months in prison for using gas pump skimming devices to steal customers’ personal credit and debit card information. 55-year-old Virab Torosyan was sentenced to prison by United States District Judge Andrew P. Gordon. The defendant has also been ordered to pay $41,475.22 in restitution after pleading guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft.
Court documents show that Torosyan possessed 1,673 stolen credit and debit card account numbers. The defendant admitted that from February of 2014 and July of 2014 he and his co-conspirators placed card skimming devices at gas pumps to steal personal credit and debit card data. The defendant re-encoded that stolen card information to any plastic card with a magnetic strip.
He then used the counterfeit cards to purchase fuel in North Las Vegas and elsewhere for pick-up trucks that had custom-made 400 gallon fuel tanks. Toroysan would then resell the fuel at a discounted price to gas stations and other drivers. Additional details have been made available here.