Two Arrested in the River Region for Stealing Credit and Debit Card Numbers from Restaurant Patrons
Montgomery, Alabama - Andre Willis, age 35, of Montgomery, Alabama and Kenmore Strother, age 26, of Prattville, Alabama were arrested for their involvement in a conspiracy to fraudulently use credit and debit card numbers announced George L. Beck, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. Andre Willis and Kemore Strother’s arrests came after a federal grand jury indicted them on various charges, including conspiracy, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, Kenmore Stother was employed at Olive Garden in Prattville. Andre Willis gave Strother a credit card skimming device which is designed to read and store credit and debit account numbers from cards that are swiped through the machine. Stother used the skimming device to swipe credit and debit card numbers of Olive Garden customers and then gave the device to back Willis who used some of the account numbers to purchase items at area businesses.
An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, each of the Defendants face a maximum potential sentence of 5 years in prison for the conspiracy charge, 10 years for an access device fraud charge, and a mandatory two-year sentence for the aggravated identity theft charge. Additionally, Strother faces a potential sentence of 15 years on a second access device fraud charge. Willis and Strother will also be subject to fines and mandatory restitution if convicted.
This case was investigated by special agents of the United States Secret Service as well as the Prattville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Davidson is prosecuting the case.
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