Man Who Conducted ATM “Skimming” Scam In Fresno Sentenced To Almost Four Years
A man who had conducted an ATM “skimming" scam in Fresnoand a number of other California counties was recently sentenced to three years and eight months in state prison. Gervork Aroutiounyan, 48, of Panorama City, had been charged for “skimming" debit card information of Chase Bank customers and stealing $320,728.
Skimming is a type of fraud that uses a device to capture – or skim – information stored on the magnetic strip of a credit or debit card, including personal information numbers (PIN). The most common use of skimming devices is on ATM machines and gas station pumps. Individuals who set up and use these devices to steal information are committing bank fraud and identity theft.
Aroutiounyan had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit grand theft, computer access fraud, identity theft, second-degree burglary and forgery of access cards. Between July 2010 and February 2011, Aroutiounyan replaced card readers at Chase Bank ATM vestibules with skimmers, as well as installed micro cameras to record card owners’ PIN entries. With the skimmed information he created fraudulent ATM cards, and then used them to withdraw hundreds of thousands of dollars. The scheme took place at Chase Bank ATM locations in Fresno, Santa Clara, San Bernardino, San Diego and Los Angeles counties.