MADISON, WIS. — Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that on November 29, 2017, Alejandro Arias-Perez, 29, Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of device making equipment. There is a website with information for those who believe they may the victims of the defendant’s credit card theft scheme. Information on the scheme and the website is provided below.
The government’s investigation into Arias-Perez revealed that from August to September 2016, Arias-Perez was involved in a credit card skimming scheme involving gas stations throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, including:
Credit card account holders and financial institutions who believe they may be potential victims of Arias-Perez’s credit card theft scheme will find additional information about this case at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdwi/case/united-states-v-alejandro-arias-perez-case-no-17-r-00040. Potential victims who can document direct and proximate harm, including financial loss suffered as a result of the charged conduct, may complete a “Declaration of Loss” and/or a “Victim Impact Statement” which can be found on the above site, and return them to the United States Attorney’s Office for determination of their crime victims’ rights status. Victims of this crime may be entitled to restitution.
On April 27, 2017, a search warrant was executed at Arias-Perez’s residence in Miami. During the search, agents located various electronic devices and equipment used for stealing credit card information. Based on a forensic analysis of the electronic equipment recovered from Arias-Perez’s residence and the recovered skimmers in the case, investigators have determined that Arias-Perez is responsible for the theft of approximately 57,000 credit card numbers.
Arias-Perez will be sentenced on April 3, 2018.