Twins Found Guilty in Gas Pump Skimmer Case
They took account numbers they got from the skimmers and used them to make counterfeit credit cards, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
TAMPA – A federal jury has found identical twin brothers guilty of conspiracy, credit card fraud, and aggravated identity theft, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Noel Graveran-Palacios and Yoel Graveran-Palacios, both 37 from Tampa, face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison for the conspiracy count, 10 years’ imprisonment for each credit card fraud count, and a consecutive two years’ imprisonment for each aggravated identity theft count. The sentencing hearings are scheduled July 20.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, the Graveran-Palacios worked together, and with others, to place skimmers on gas pumps in the Tampa Bay area.
Using the account numbers stolen from the skimmers, they made counterfeit credit cards and then used them to purchase merchandise at area retailers, including gas, toys, clothes, and gift cards. The twins then used the gift cards to purchase merchandise at home improvement stores, and later returned the items for cash. Trial evidence included hundreds of recovered stolen account numbers, as well as dozens of store surveillance videos featuring the conspirators using the counterfeit credit cards.
While the jurors were deliberating, the brothers fled the area together, but were later re-arrested in Texas, near the Mexican border.
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