Ohio credit card scammer gets prison sentence

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced an Ohio man to two years and nine months in prison for his involvement in a criminal organization that stole credit-card numbers and encoded them onto gift cards.

U.S. District Judge Michael Watson on Tuesday also ordered the 26-year-old Theinor A. Diallo to pay more than $40,000 in restitution.

The Columbus Dispatch reports investigators found that Diallo had nearly 750 stolen credit card numbers and used some of them to recode gift cards. Two co-conspirators used the recoded cards to buy merchandise for Diallo.

The newspaper reports Diallo was arrested in 2012 as part of a yearlong investigation. The Columbus man pleaded guilty in April to charges including possession of counterfeit credit cards.

Diallo’s attorney didn’t return a request for comment.


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