CONCORD — An Austin, Texas man was sentenced to two years in federal prison in connection with a $29,000 credit card fraud involving a skimmer on a gas pump in Londonderry.
Elvis Barban Chavez, 45, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft.
According to court documents, Chavez and others traveled from Austin to New Hampshire in late December 2015 and early January 2016. The group used a device called a skimmer to obtained the credit card information of people using a gas pump at a Londonderry business.
The group then used the card numbers at the self-checkout counters of a number of New Hampshire retailers to buy about $29,000 in gift cards.
On Jan. 12, 2016, Hudson police were notified the group had been spotted at Sam’s Club purchasing gift cards. The police responded and pursued the group from New Hampshire into Mass., where they were apprehended by Tyngsborough police. Numerous cards and a skimming device were found in the vehicle, according to police.
he case was investigated by Hudson, Londonderry, Manchester and Tyngsborough police, along with the N.H. State Police Forensic Laboratory. Numerous other departments and staffs at various Sam’s Club stores assisted in the investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald A. Feith.
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader