Gas station credit card skimmer given maximum sentence

Published  10:00 AM HST Jun 17, 2013
HONOLULU -

Sentences began being delivered Monday to two California men convicted of using credit card skimming devices to steal from hundreds at Honolulu gas stations.  

Vardan Kagramany, 39, was given the maximum sentence of 20 years and ordered to pay restitution for identity theft and conspiracy. His accomplice, 29-year-old Akop Changryan, will not be sentenced until next week.

The two were convicted earlier this year for stealing credit and bank card information from nearly 200 people by placing card skimming devices at four different Aloha Island Mini Mart gas stations across Honolulu in 2010.

The duo used that information to withdraw some $157,000. That amount was used to determine Kagramany's restitution. The sentence was delivered by Judge Michael Wilson.

The two were extradited to Hawaii from California, where they faced similar charges. A spokesman for the Honolulu prosecutor's office says they belong to an Armenian organized crime network.

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