JAILED: Man steals 94,000 debit and credit card numbers from one store chain


A California man was sentenced Wednesday to 36 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to steal 94,000 credit and debit card numbers from customers at approximately 80 Michaels’ Stores in 19 states, and use the information to make fraudulent withdrawals from the cardholders’ bank accounts.

Angel Angulo, 28, of Riverside, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the Department of Justice.

Angulo and his conspirators perpetrated the scheme by installing devices that acquired customers’ bank account and personal identification numbers on point of sale terminals at Michaels stores. Using the stolen account information, the conspirators produced counterfeit bank cards, which were used with the stolen PINs to withdraw money from the compromised bank accounts.

Eighty-eight point of sale terminals were allegedly replaced with counterfeit POS devices by the conspirators in 80 Michaels stores located in 19 states. The counterfeit devices used wireless technology which enabled the conspirators to retrieve the stolen information. Via their system, the conspirators stole approximately 94,000 debit and credit card account numbers from February 2011 to April 2011.

During that time, other conspirators provided Angulo and others with counterfeit cards with the corresponding PIN numbers written on them. Utilizing the cards and PIN numbers, the conspirators withdrew money from hundreds of bank account by using ATMs. On May 14, 2011, Angulo and an accomplice had 179 counterfeit cards in their possession.

In addition to his prison term, Angulo was ordered to serve five years of supervised release and to pay restitution of $480,300.

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