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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Frazee Man Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison for Stealing Point-Of-Sale Credit Card Readers

Conspirators victimized at least three area businesses for approximately $215,000

United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the sentencing of DANIEL MARTEZ WALKER, a/k/a “Ghost,” 24, for stealing and using credit card processing machines to steal approximately $215,000. WALKER, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit access device fraud on April 13, 2016, was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Susan R. Nelson in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn.

“Identity theft crimes wreak havoc on business owners and consumers,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Buzicky. “Mr. Walker’s sentence shows the seriousness of these offenses, and the need to punish them appropriately.”

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, from July to September 2014, WALKER conspired with others to steal point-of-sale (POS) machines from Twin Cities businesses, including bowling alleys and liquor stores. The conspirators used the stolen machines to process fraudulent “refunds” from the victim businesses. In total, WALKER and the co-conspirators used the stolen machines to cause 275 unauthorized refunds totaling more than $215,000 in losses to the victim businesses.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the United States Secret Service and Brooklyn Park Police Department.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Hudleston and Kate Buzicky.

 

Defendant Information:

DANIEL MARTEZ WALKER, 24

Frazee, Minn.

Convicted:

  • Conspiracy to commit access device fraud, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 33 months in prison

 

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Updated July 28, 2016