Brazilian National Sentenced To 57 Months For Debit Card Fraud And Identity Theft In ATM Skimmer Case
Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton has sentenced Romany Cutolo Bonente (33, São Paulo, Brazil) to four years and nine months in federal prison for conspiring to produce and use counterfeit debit cards and for aggravated identity theft. He pleaded guilty on December 1, 2017.
According to court documents, between December 2016 and July 2017, Bonente and his co-conspirators fraudulently obtained debit card numbers by attaching skimming devices to various ATMs in the Orlando area, including Longwood, Kissimmee, and Apopka. They also illegally obtained personal identification numbers (PINs) by attaching small video recording devices to the ATMs. The stolen card numbers were then encoded onto counterfeit cards, which they used together with the stolen PINs, to make fraudulent cash withdrawals from the victims’ bank accounts. Investigators recovered more than 2,500 stolen card numbers from Bonente’s laptop computer.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, Orlando Field Office, the Apopka Police Department, and the U.S. Secret Service Brazil Resident Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chauncey A. Bratt.