Man gets prison term for credit card skimming devices


FILE – In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo, credit cards are displayed in Zelienople, Pa. U.S. consumer borrowing rose in June after three months of declines but the key category of credit card debt extended its decline. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge in St. Louis has sentenced a Pennsylvania man to two years and four months in prison for possessing equipment used to skim credit card information at gas pumps.

The sentence for 24-year-old Jorge Alexander Betances Jr. of Philadelphia was handed down Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty to possession of device-making equipment. Betances was stopped by a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force officer on Interstate 44 in Missouri in 2019.

The officer found items that included skimming devices, a card encoding device and other items, along with more than 3,500 counterfeit or unauthorized credit cards or other credit access devices.

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