Pennsylvania Man, Marlon Palacios Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Identity Theft Charges for his Role in Nationwide Gas Station Skimming Scheme
ALBANY, N.Y (STL.News) Marlon Palacios, age 33, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pled guilty today to participating in a conspiracy to commit access device fraud, as well as for committing aggravated identity theft, for taking part in a nationwide gas station skimming scheme that involved stealing the banking and personal information of residents of Upstate and Central New York who used the “pay at the pump” feature to make gasoline purchases.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Acting Inspector in Charge Joshua McCallister, Boston Division, United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).
As part of his guilty plea, Palacios admitted to being a part of a conspiracy that, between December 2015 and July 2019, obtained the credit and debit card information of gas station customers using skimming devices surreptitiously installed inside gas pumps. Using the stolen information, members of the conspiracy created fake debit and credit cards, and then used those fake cards to obtain money orders and gift cards, and to withdraw cash from ATMs.