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2018-09-13 / Local News

Skimmer scam affected multiple WNY gas station locations

Giraldo Cardenas, 36, of Homestead, Florida, has pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek to one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and one count of scheme to defraud in the first degree, according to the office of Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn.

Authorities said Cardenas admitted that he was involved in the installation of credit card skimmers that were placed in various gas station pumps in Amherst, Lancaster and the Town of Tonawanda between July 14 and 25 of this year.

The skimmers, a device that can be affixed to a card reader, obtained the credit and debit card information from the victims. Cardenas used the information to create fraudulent debit cards, which were then used to make purchases at local merchants, the DA’s office said.

Cardenas faces a maximum of seven years in prison when he is sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Flynn commended the investigative work of the Amherst Police Department, Town of Tonawanda Police Department, the New York State Police and the U.S. Secret Service.

The case was prosecuted by Candace K. Vogel, chief of the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Gary M. Ertel.

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