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Federal judge sentences foreign national in $200,000 skimming scheme


SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge sentenced Yofre Napoleon Almonte, 49, to prison after he plead guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Almonte will spend three years in a U.S. federal prison and pay $199,122.18 in restitution.

Almonte and five others were arrested for allegedly using high-tech skimming devices they installed on gas pumps at Utah and Idaho service stations to “clone” customers’ credit or debit cards.

According to a news release from the Utah U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah, Almonte “participated in a scheme to defraud gas station customers and their banks using skimming equi


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