CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A Florida man faces three years in prison over a credit card skimming scam that was used at gas stations in West Virginia.

Yarai Fuentes Quinones, 27, of Hialeah, Florida, pleaded guilty to one count of access device fraud-use of unauthorized access device in June.

He admited to his role in a conspiracy spanning four states, including West Virginia, to use skimming devices at gas pumps. The technology would upload account information and create fraudulent cards with said accounts to make unathorized transactions at different businesses in the Mountain State.

He owes $61,844.66 in restitution.

The investigation included the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, WV State Police, and the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office.

Quinones was one of four people charged last November after police discovered a credit card skimmer at Exxon stations on Grafton Road and in Cheat Lake.

In total, five residents — all from Florida — admitted to being part of the scheme in June 2018. The other members of the conspiracy were:

  • Meylan Montalvo Gomez, 27, of Hialeah
  • Yosan Pons Sosa, 29, of Miami
  • Lazaro Serrano Diaz, 27, of Miami
  • Naudi Reyes Fernandez, 37, of Miami

The four pleaded to a variety of charges.

In addition, the U.S. was granted forfeiture of the following:

  • $72,495.73 in U.S. currency
  • $28,498.00 in Western Union money orders
  • $10,300.00 worth of MoneyGram money orders
  • 33 gift cards containing unknown values
  • One magnetic stripe card reader-writer-encoder
  • Two laptops
  • Six cell phones

 

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