Man charged over cloning schemeskimming) of debit cards was condemned this Friday by the federal district judge Pedro A. Delgado Hernandezto five years and four months in prison and restitution of $18,528.60.
Against Juan Rivera World27 years old and resident of Juncos, charges of aggravated identity theft and bank fraud violations were pending in two separate cases, detailed the head of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico, William Stephen Muldrow.
According to court documents, the man devised a plan to acquire cards and PIN numbers from legitimate debit card transactions and with the help of other people who worked as cashiers at businesses he recruited as part of the plan.
The defendant deployed counterfeit access devices to “clone” the debit cards and then used the digital information to illegally withdraw cash and make extravagant purchases for his “own enrichment and that of others.”
As part of the plan, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office alleges that Rivera Mundo stole “debit card numbers and personally identifiable information for the purpose of fraudulently obtaining funds under the control of a federally insured financial institution.”
Rivera Mundo was charged on March 24, 2022, but while he was free on bail and awaiting trial, he again committed the crime of skimmingfor which he was prosecuted for the second time and arrested on August 25, 2022.
Additionally, the man was charged, on a third occasion, on May 11, 2023, with conspiring to commit wire fraud in 2020 by applying for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as part of another scheme.
The Federal Prosecutor’s Office specified that the defendant pleaded guilty to the first two cases, on November 9, 2023, but the case for conspiracy to commit electronic fraud is currently pending resolution in the Federal Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
In addition to the aforementioned penalties, the now convicted man will serve five years of supervised freedom, once he completes his prison sentence.