D.C. Resident Pleads Guilty to Card-Skimming Conspiracy
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Gabriel Camara, 36, of Washington D.C., pled guilty today to conspiring to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft for his role in a card-skimming scheme that targeted customers of restaurants in the Washington, D.C.-metro area.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Jeffrey Irvine, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, made the announcement.
Indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 5, 2010, Camara faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison for conspiracy, followed by an additional two years for aggravated identity theft when he is sentenced on Dec. 3, 2010.
According to the statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, from January 2008 through March 2009, Camara paid servers at restaurants in the Washington, D.C.-metro area – including the Cheesecake Factory, PGA Tour Grill, and the Outback Steakhouse – to obtain credit card numbers of paying customers. He and a co-conspirator, Nicole Ward, provided the servers with skimmers that captured and stored credit card numbers. The servers and Ward delivered skimmers loaded with credit card numbers to Camara. Other conspirators then used the stolen credit card information to make purchases at wholesale club stores in Northern Virginia and elsewhere. Ward, 28, of Washington D.C., pled guilty on July 30, 2010, to conspiring to commit bank fraud and will be sentenced on Oct. 29, 2010.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Kosta Stojilkovic and Jack Hanly are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.