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Credit card skimming cases wrap up

Two men were sentenced Friday in connection with a local credit card skimming case investigated by the Attorney General’s Office, and three additional men, in a separate case, were convicted of a similar scheme that touched San Luis Obispo County.

In both cases, the perpetrators replaced the card readers at Chase bank ATMs with ones that allowed them to retrieve customers’ card information, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Both crews installed cameras to capture the card holders’ PIN entry and created bogus ATM access cards.

In one case, Gnel Snapyan, 35, was sentenced in San Luis Obispo Superior Court to 364 days in state prison and five years of probation. His co-conspirator, Gervork Aroutiounyan, 48, was sentenced to three years and eight months in state prison.

They entered pleas of guilty to the crimes of conspiracy to commit grand theft, computer access fraud, identity theft, second degree burglary and forgery of access cards.

Between July 2010 and February 2011, the scheme resulted in about $220,000 withdrawn from the bank accounts of more than 300 victims in Santa Clara, Marin, Fresno, and San Luis Obispo counties.

In a separate scam, Santiago Alcantar, 37, Genea Antoine, 39, and Anthony Garcia, 30, entered a plea of guilty on Friday at the county courthouse to the crimes of conspiracy to commit grand theft, computer access fraud, identity theft, second degree burglary and forgery of access cards.

Between October 2010 and February 2011, Alcantar, Antoine and Garcia ran a skimmer operation in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The crew stole about $217,000 from more than 200 victims.

Their sentencing is scheduled for July 27, at which time Alcantar is expected to be sentenced to four years in state prison; Antoine to two years in state prison; and Garcia to a maximum sentence of one year and four months.

In both cases, Chase has reimbursed customers for their losses.

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