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Louisville man sentenced for gas pump card skimming

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Used email to possess and share over 7000 credit card numbers

 LOUISVILLE – United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced today that on May 7, 2018, Misael Jose Fernandez Campos, age 26,  was sentenced in United States District Court by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. to 56 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $100,378.93 in restitution to 65 victims.  There is no parole in the federal system.

In October 2017, Campos pleaded guilty to wire fraud, possessing skimming device making equipment, possessing 15 or more counterfeit access devices, and aggravated identity theft.  According to the Plea Agreement, Campos executed a scheme to defraud individuals and financial institutions by creating and installing credit card skimming devices at local gas stations.  Specifically, Campos pleaded guilty to creating and installing six credit card skimming devices in gas station pumps located in the Louisville area.

On April 6, 2015, the FBI executed a search warrant at Campos' home in Louisville where Campos had received items used to create gas pump skimming devices.  During the search of the residence, the FBI recovered various items used for skimming credit card information. The FBI subsequently determined that Campos possessed and transferred 7318 unique credit card numbers via email.

During its investigation, the FBI analyzed information on a number of recovered skimming devices and determined that the devices captured the names of individuals and credit card numbers.  Since the devices contained names and card numbers, Campos was charged with and pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years to be served in addition to the sentence imposed for the other charged criminal activity.

This case is part of an ongoing effort by the United States Attorney's Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, and the Louisville Metro Police Department to identify, apprehend, and prosecute individuals responsible for skimming credit card information from gas station customers at gas pumps in greater Louisville, which to date involves the identification and removal of over 50 active skimmers resulting in a financial loss exceeding $3.5 million.

The Campos case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Judd and investigated by the Louisville Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.