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Illegal Alien Sentenced for ATM Skimmer Fraud

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

Gulfport, Miss. – Claudio Fontes Ferreira a/k/a Michael Camargo Stanford, 31, an illegal alien from Brazil, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to serve 39 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for fraud in connection with access devices, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst. Ferreira was also ordered to pay $46,265 in restitution to a victim.

On December 7, 2017, D’Iberville police officers saw a Lincoln Navigator leaving the Keesler Federal Credit Union Automated Teller Machine ("ATM") on Automall Parkway in D’Iberville, Mississippi. This automobile fit the description of one being used the night before in placing access devices, "skimmers," on an ATM in Gulfport. The officers stopped the vehicle and identified Ferreira and two co-defendants as the occupants. In the Navigator officers found glue, black electrical and double-sided tape, box cutters, credit cards in alias names, a card with sand paper attached to it, other credit cards, gift cards, and a micro SD card. Officers also found the ATM with a skimmer on it and altered with the privacy shield cut off so that a camera placed above could see the ATM key pad as customers enter their account PIN numbers.

Co-defendant Taise Braganca Moscon, 26, also an illegal alien from Brazil, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on June 11, 2018, to serve 13 months in federal prison for possession of device-making equipment. Co-defendant Rodrigo D. Ferrareze, 37, of Delray Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on June 18, 2018, to serve 10 months in federal prison for possession of device-making equipment.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the D’Iberville Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.

Updated September 7, 2018