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Las Vegas Man Sentenced To Prison For Using Skimming Devices On Gas Pumps In Nevada And Southern California

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

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas man was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey to 56 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a large gas pump skimming fraud scheme in Nevada and Southern California.

Juan Luis Sosa Tamayo previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, one count of use of unauthorized access device, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, from at least June 2018 and continuing through June 2020, Sosa Tamayo, together with co-conspirators Danyer Manuel Alarcon Rodriguez, Adrian Leyva Tamayo, and Francisco Rodriguez Gonzalez, installed skimming devices on gas pump terminals in and around Las Vegas and Reno, Nev., and Bakersfield and Fresno, Calif., to steal credit and debit card information from unsuspecting customers. They subsequently recoded the stolen account information and other personal data onto counterfeit cards. Then, the defendants used the counterfeit cards to fraudulently obtain goods and to make ATM cash withdrawals. Sosa Tamayo and his co-conspirators captured at least 8,229 stolen credit and debit card numbers through the use of their skimmers, and caused a total estimated loss amount of $5,032,616.

Adrian Leyva Tamayo awaits sentencing on June 22, 2023; Francisco Rodriguez Gonzalez was previously sentenced to 70 months in prison and Danyer Manuel Alarcon Rodriguez was previously sentenced to 61 months in prison for their role in the conspiracy.

United States Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Karon Ransom for the United States Secret Service made the announcement.

The United States Secret Service investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Schmale prosecuted the case.

If you are a victim of identity theft, you may make a report to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by calling 1-877-438-4338 or online at For identity theft prevention tips and free resources visit



Updated June 7, 2023

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft