Man admits to placing credit card skimmers at Mass gas pumps, stealing card numbers

A Florida man who set up a network of credit card skimmers at gas pumps across New England that obtained thousands of customers’ information pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston on Thursday, prosecutors said. of the United States is Rachael S. Rollins.

Luis Angel Naranjo Rodriguez, 32, of Hialeah, Fla., pleaded guilty to eight counts of wire fraud, four counts of bank fraud, four counts of identity theft, one count of possession 15 or more fraudulent or unauthorized debits. and credit card numbers, and one count of possession of a machine, a document processing machine.

Skimming machines linked to Naranjo Rodriguez’s cell phone were found at at least 11 gas stations located in Willington, Connecticut; Lynnfield, Massachusetts; Concord, Massachusetts; Malden, Massachusetts; Taunton, Massachusetts; Randolph, Massachusetts; Raynham, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine and Nashua, New Hampshire.

“The devices were programmed to send Naranjo Rodriguez’s cell phone a text message and stolen information after customers used their credit or debit cards to buy gas at gas stations,” the report said. which a lawyer.

Between April 2019 and November 2019, Naranjo Rodriguez often traveled from Florida to Massachusetts to establish the card skimmer network. At least 4,878 text messages were found on his cell phone containing stolen debit and credit card numbers. Many of the messages also included account holder names and pin numbers, officials said.

When Naranjo Rodriguez obtained the victim’s information on gift cards and other prepaid cards in order to withdraw ATMs, purchase merchandise that could be resold on the secondary market, and request cash back at credit card transactions, lawyers say.

In November 2019, Naranjo Rodriguez was captured on security cameras at a Framingham gas station and CVS using four debit cards to withdraw money from victims’ ATM accounts. He was arrested that night at the Concord Rotary Gulf station, where he was seen at the gas station after the gas station was closed, officials said.

A search of the man’s car revealed 4 digital documents that were used to withdraw money from the ATM earlier that night, along with fuel pump switch, black latex gloves, four skimming cards and the cell phone used to receive the thieves’ text messages. credit and debit card numbers.

Naranjo Rodriguez was arrested and charged in March 2020 and subsequently indicted by the federal government in September 2020.

Naranjo Rodriguez’s sentencing is scheduled for May 11.

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