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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Three Men Sentenced To A Total of 71 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Credit Card Information “Skimmed” from Gas Pumps

Memphis, TN – Three men have been sentenced for possession of 15 or more counterfeit or unauthorized access devices. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on February 15, 2017, an agent with the West Tennessee Judicial Violent Crime and Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a white Toyota Sienna Van, occupied by Jorge Vazquez Cedeno, 49, Pedro Luis Cabale, 48, and Pedro Alexander Cabello Cabale, 32.

The defendants and their respective sentences:

Jorge Vazuez Cedeno, 49, Miami, Florida: 28 months
Pedro Luis Cabale, 48, Miami, Florida: 28 months
Pedro Alexander Dabello, 32, Miami, Florida: 15 months

Cadeno, the driver, consented to a search of the van by law enforcement. The three defendants were in possession of the following items: 59 assorted gift cards, and credit cards, 23 of which had been fraudently re-encoded with card numbers and names embedded on the magnetic strip; five ribbon cables commonly used to illegally obtain credit card information from gas pumps; several keys which appeared to function as master keys to gas pumps; $10,460 in cash; and 2 laptop computers, one of which contained 4,781 victim credit card numbers, which were associated with 268 different banking and financial institutions. Because of these compromised credit card numbers, Capital One, Chase, Citibank and Wells Fargo sustained a total loss of $95,256.42.

The United States Secret Service, Collierville Police Department, and the West Tennessee Judicial Violent Crime and Drug Task Force investigated this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dean DeCandia prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated February 27, 2018