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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Quincy Man Sentenced For Credit Card Skimming

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BOSTON – A Quincy man was sentenced today in connection with his use of stolen credit card numbers to purchase more than $64,000 in cigarettes and other items in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Yek Doug Wong, 50, of Quincy, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole to 70 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release and payment of $64,713 in restitution. In April 2013, Wong pleaded guilty to using counterfeit access devices (credit cards), possession of device-making equipment, and six counts of aggravated identity theft.

In October 2011, the Braintree, Brockton and Holbrook Police Departments received reports from numerous people who reported fraudulent activity on their credit card accounts even though all of the victims still possessed their actual cards. Law enforcement collected surveillance video from many of the locations where the purchases had been made as well as receipts from suspect transactions. The surveillance videos showed a man, later identified as Wong, making the purchases and driving off in a black Infiniti with a spoiler on the rear. Ultimately, one clerk noted the license plate of the car which led to Wong and to a search of his Quincy residence. The search resulted in the seizure of, among other things, at least 1,176 embossed and blank Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards, three credit card skimming devices, a card reader and encoding device, two credit card embossing machines, various pieces of computer equipment, 42 cartons of cigarettes, 22 bottles of rice wine, and $16,900 in cash. Officers also seized two safe deposit box keys which led to the seizure of an additional $4,250 in cash.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Steven D. Ricciardi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service; Braintree Police Chief Russell W. Jenkins; Brockton Police Chief Emanuel Gomes; Holbrook Police Chief William W. Marble, Jr.; and Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra S. Bower of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.

Updated December 15, 2014