Amaurys Mendez Campanon, 40, appeared in U.S. District Court in Greeneville on Wednesday. In addition to his prison sentence, Campanon was ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution for his role in the wire fraud and identity theft conspiracy.
Campanon, and his co-defendant Odemnis Prats Leiva, 31, of Pompano Beach, Fla., were charged in September 2017 on a 22-count indictment. The charges were:
— Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft (1 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. Leiva was sentenced to 54 months in prison last month and ordered to pay $21,000 in restitution.
DETAILS OF THE CRIME
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.
According to court records, the two men commandeered at least 146 different card numbers and re-encoded them on to 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, Levia had nine re-encoded devices, more than $7,000 in cash and numerous gift cards.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Both men were born in Cuba. Campanon entered the United States in October 2012 after obtaining a temporary visa. Leiva was granted political asylum in 2014.
According to court records, Campanon is currently married and he and his wife have two children. His mother, father and children live in Cuba. However, the whereabouts of his wife are unknown. Campanon came to the United States in hopes of becoming a citizen and eventually bringing his family to the states, according to court records.
Campanon’s attorney wrote in a sentencing memorandum that his client’s participation in the conspiracy was one of desperation in order to expedite his hopes for U.S. citizenship and the hopes of bringing his family to the United States.