The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada announced Tuesday that Virab Torosyan was sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for using skimming devices at gas pumps to steal consumer’s credit card information. Mr. Torosyan, who previously pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft, was ordered to pay over $40,000 in restitution. Both the U.S. Secret Service and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department investigated the identity theft and credit card scheme.
Federal court records reveal that Mr. Torosyan obtained over 1,600 stolen credit card and debit card account numbers, which he used to re-encode on blank plastic cards with magnetic strips. He then used these stolen cards to make illegal purchases in the Las Vegas and North Las Vegas areas.
This case highlights the ongoing need for Las Vegas consumers to protect their credit card and debit card information to avoid having this sensitive information taken by identity thieves and scammers. If possible, avoid using public ATM’s and gas station kiosks as these are easy targets for identity thieves.
If you are a victim of identity theft or credit skimming, you should seek protection with a Las Vegas identity theft lawyer or Las Vegas credit attorney. Representation is free of charge because the banks and credit bureaus are required to compensate you for your attorney’s fees and costs.