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Repeat Offender Sentenced To 54 Months In Federal Prison For ATM Skimming Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Yanier Manso-Caballero (30, Miami) to four years and six months in federal prison for access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment of $53,567.78, the proceeds of the criminal conduct.

Manso pleaded guilty on December 5, 2018.

According to court documents, on at least 11 different occasions between January and March 30, 2018, Manso placed skimming devices on Chase Bank ATMs in the Tampa Bay area including, ATMs in Tampa, Valrico, and Largo.  Chase Bank provided law enforcement with ATM surveillance video of Manso attaching the skimmers. In some of the videos, Manso disguised himself with hats, wigs, and/or a beard. Manso typically applied a skimmer to the drive-through ATMs from his vehicle. He left the skimmer in place for approximately one to two hours and then returned to the ATMs and removed the skimmer, again from his vehicle.  Manso also used a mirror camera, which he placed on the ATMs, in order to capture customers’ PIN information. According to Chase Bank, hundreds of customers who used the ATMs that Manso had tampered with had their bank account information intercepted, compromised, and used to make purchases without their knowledge and consent.

Investigators determined that at least 167 accounts had been compromised during the periods when Manso had placed the skimmers. In addition, approximately 92 counterfeit and unauthorized access devices were located on Manso’s iPhone and in his vehicle. At the time of these offenses, Manso was on federal supervised release stemming from a 2010 credit card fraud and identity theft conviction in the Southern District of Florida.

This case was investigated by the Tampa Police Department and the United States Secret Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mandy Riedel.

Updated March 6, 2019

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft