Miami Man Sentenced for his Role in a Nationwide Gas Station Skimming Scheme
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Arley Gonzalez, age 35, of Miami, Florida, was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for his role in an access device fraud conspiracy. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Ketty Larco-Ward, Postal Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).
As part of his guilty plea on May 20, 2021, Gonzalez admitted that between December 2015 and July 2019, he conspired with others to commit access device fraud by building skimming devices designed to steal gas station customer information, installing those devices inside gas pumps in Albany, Broome, and Montgomery Counties, and elsewhere, and then using the information collected by those devices to create fraudulent credit and debit cards. The fraudulent cards were used to obtain money orders, gift cards, cash, and other things of value. As part of his plea agreement, Gonzalez agreed to be subject to a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $247,000.
Senior United States District Judge Gary L. Sharpe also imposed a three-year term of supervised release to follow Gonzalez’s term of incarceration.
This case was investigated by the FBI Albany Field Office and USPIS Boston Division, with assistance from the FBI Field Offices in Miami and Pittsburgh, the USPIS Miami Division, and the United States Secret Service Miami Field Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Powers.