Man gets 8 bail in Las Vegas credit card fraud ring
Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 7:10 p.m.
A 29-year-old man who pleaded guilty in July in Las Vegas was sentenced Thursday to 97 months in federal prison for his role in international credit card fraud and money laundering conspiracy, according to US Attorney Nicholas Trutanich for the Nevada District.
Bruno Macedo Correia’s eight-year sentence will be followed by three years of probation, Trutanich said.
Correia pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with access devices and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey ordered Correia to pay $ 2.3 million in restitution. It also imposed a criminal forfeiture judgment of $ 5 million and ordered the confiscation of 196 property and US currency.
Correia admitted that from January 2013 to January 2017 he conspired with others to commit credit and debit card fraud using “skimmers” placed on ATMs, Global Cash Advance ATMs and ‘other ways to get stolen account information. The group also obtained stolen credit card information through the use of malware and point-of-sale intrusion.
Correia and his co-conspirators set up credit card forgery labs in residences and hotel rooms to fabricate counterfeit credit and debit cards. They have used the counterfeit cards to obtain cash withdrawals at ATMs and GCA ATMs in Nevada and elsewhere and to purchase high-end merchandise at casinos and businesses in Las Vegas and other US cities. The group laundered the proceeds of the fraud and resold the items at retail on the black market or online marketplaces.
Twenty-one people were indicted in a 2017 indictment for their alleged roles in the conspiracy. To date, 12 defendants have pleaded guilty or have been convicted. Co-defendants Fausto Teixeira Martins Neto and Felipe Augusto Vicale Martins are due to stand a jury trial in January. The remaining seven defendants are at large.
The case was investigated by the FBI, the Las Vegas Metro Police, the State Department Diplomatic Security Service and the Henderson Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Burns is pursuing the case.