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North Hollywood Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Sell Stolen Credit Card Information

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Oganes Emirzyan, 54, of North Hollywood, pleaded guilty today to a scheme to traffic in and possess stolen credit card numbers and the account holders’ information, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to the plea agreement, Emirzyan pleaded guilty to conspiring to traffic in at least one unauthorized access device and to possess at least 15 access devices.

According to court documents, on April 28, 2016, Emirzyan conspired with co-defendant Mkrtych “Mike” Robertovic Sargsyan to obtain and sell stolen credit card information. Emirzyan obtained an electronic storage device containing 199 stolen credit card numbers and corresponding account holder information. He then met with a buyer at his home in North Hollywood. During that meeting, Emirzyan sold the stolen credit card information to the buyer for $8,700.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian A. Fogerty is prosecuting the case.

Charges are pending against Sargsyan. The charges against him are allegations; he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Emirzyan is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judg William B. Shubb on November 5, 2018. Emirzyan faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Updated June 18, 2018

Identity Theft
Press Release Number: 2:17-cr-028 WBS