Florida man sentenced in credit card skimmer case

Matthew Lane • Jul 10, 2018 at 8:45 PM

GREENEVILLE — A 31-year-old Florida man who stole $47,000 with credit card skimmers over a 10-day period has been sentenced to 54 months in federal prison.

Odemnis Prats Leiva, Pompano Beach, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Monday. Leiva, along with co-defendant Amaurys Mendez Campanon, was charged in September on a 22-count indictment. The charges were:

— Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft (one count)

— Wire fraud (11 counts)

— Aggravated identify theft (10 counts)

Both men pleaded guilty to one of each of the charges, Leiva in March and Campanon in April. Campanon is scheduled for sentencing next month.

In addition to his 54-month prison sentence, Leiva, upon release from prison, will be supervised by U.S. Probation for three years. He was also ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution.

According to the plea agreement, between July 31, 2017 and August 10, 2017, Leiva and Campanon used skimming devices on gas pumps to obtain the credit/debit card account information of numerous people without their knowledge.

Court records state the two men commandeered at least 146 card numbers and re-encoded them onto gift cards for their personal use. They profited roughly $47,000 from the scheme.

Prosecutors say the two men used the stolen information to re-encode unloaded gift cards, which they shoplifted from various retail establishments. The re-encoded cards were then used to purchase loaded gift cards and other consumer items at various stores across East Tennessee, North Carolina and New York.

Leiva and Campanon were eventually arrested in Rogersville on August 10, 2017. At the time of the arrest, Leiva had nine re-encoded devices, more than $7,000 in cash

, and numerous gift cards.

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