Two Los Angeles-area men will spend six months in jail in Madison, WI for
identity theft. The men pleaded guilty in October to using credit card information collected from Madison gas pumps.
The Los Angeles and Van Nuys residents told investigators that an unknown person sent them to Madison to retrieve data that the skimmers collected. The men declined to identify the person or persons who sent them to Madison. One of the suspects works as a mechanic at a Los Angeles oil change shop. The other man works as a limousine driver.
The judge in Madison sentenced the men to three years’ probation. He also ordered them to serve the first six months in the Dane County Jail. The men also faced similar charges in neighboring Rock County. The men’s attorney says his clients cannot identify any other suspects in the identity theft ring because they do not know who sent them to Wisconsin.
Investigators arrested the men after they used stolen credit card information at businesses in the Madison area. A local credit union reported a number of fraudulent charges that appeared on their customers’ accounts after they used a local gas station. Police used the information to track down the thieves.
In addition to the jail sentence, the judge ordered the men to make $2,500 in restitution to the victims in the case. One suspect will return to court in Rock County, WI for sentencing on five felony counts in the second case on January 2, 2018. The other suspect will return to court in Rock County for sentencing on three felony counts on January 5, 2018. Both men face sentences of up to six years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine for the Rock County offenses.
Los Angeles identity theft lawyer
When you face identity theft charges, your first move should be to hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Although this particular case took place in Wisconsin, it demonstrates the seriousness of identity theft. In California, identity theft can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony. How you will be charged depends on the circumstances of your case.
When you face charges, don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight for your freedom. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County identity theft case.
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