Men convicted for roles in gas station skimming scheme
ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Two Florida men have been convicted for their roles in a nationwide gas station skimming scheme. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) said Hugo Hernandez, 35, of Miami Lakes, Florida, was sentenced to five years in prison and Marlon Palacios, 38, of Cape Coral, Florida. Florida, had been sentenced to four months in prison.
As part of his guilty plea on October 22, 2021, Hernandez admitted that between December 2015 and July 2019 he conspired with others to commit fraud by building skimming devices to steal customer information. service stations. He then installed these devices inside gas pumps in Albany, Montgomery, and Broome counties, and elsewhere.
The DOJ said Hernandez used this information to create fraudulent credit and debit cards. Fraudulent cards were used to obtain money orders, gift cards, cash and other valuables. Hernandez also admitted to being part of a conspiracy to launder funds from the fraud conspiracy, which resulted in at least 162 money orders, worth $173,257, being deposited in a bank account he controlled. . As part of his plea deal, Hernandez accepted a forfeiture judgment of $173,257.
As part of his guilty plea on April 14, 2021, Palacios admitted to being part of the same access device fraud conspiracy. He also admitted to committing aggravated identity theft by sending or receiving emails containing the stolen credit or debit card account information. As part of his plea deal, Palacios accepted a $25,000 forfeiture judgment.
Hernandez was also sentenced to three years of supervised release after his release from prison. Palacios was also given a one-year probation after his release from prison.