Rochester Man Sentenced For Trafficking In Credit Card Accounts
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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Andres Ahmed Vasquez, 30, of Rochester, NY and Miami, FL, who was convicted of trafficking in and possession of unauthorized counterfeit access devices, was sentenced to 46 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. He was also ordered to pay restitution of approximately $210,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who handled the case, stated that between June 2012 and May 2014 Vasquez trafficked in, possessed, and used stolen credit card account numbers and codes belonging to more than 250 different victims. The defendant sold this information to others, who created bogus credit cards that were then used to purchase gift cards at local retailers. Vasquez obtained more than $210,000 as a result of his crimes.
This sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of the United States Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge C. Todd Laster.