Cuban citizen sentenced to prison for Green Bay area skimming scheme
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Cuban citizen has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for his role in a credit card skimming scheme in the Green Bay area.
Alain Ceballos-Rodriguez, 37, committed credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to federal prosecutors.
In March 2017, the Brown County Sheriff's Office started an investigation into reports of skimming devices on credit card readers at Green Bay area gas station pumps.
The devices used Bluetooth technology to transfer customer credit card information to a laptop. The scammers would then create "clone" cards.
Ceballos-Rodriguez took cloned cards and used them to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards. Ceballos-Rodriguez and co-conspirators used the self-checkouts at the retailer to buy hundreds of gift cards in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
The gift cards were taken to Florida where they were used or sold online.