Grand Jury Indicts Six Defendants in Gas Skimming Investigation

A State Grand Jury indicted six men, Juan Cespedes-Martinez, Bladimir Thomas Rodriguez, Jesus Chavez Cespedes, Rene Chavez Valdivia, Dadiel Lopez Garcia, and Leosvani Rodriguez-Rojas in connection with an illegal credit card gas skimmer ring.

The men were indicted for fraudulent schemes and artifices, conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise, computer tampering, organized retail theft, and taking the identity of another person. According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, their alleged participation involved a scheme to purchase diesel fuel for resale with stolen credit card information between April 11, 2018, and December 20, 2018.

Arizona Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General detectives discovered tractor trailers at a private storage lot being fueled from hidden auxiliary fuel tanks contained on the trucks, in February 2018. The investigation identified several individuals and seven load vehicles with auxiliary fuel tanks allegedly involved in the scheme.

The men are accused of obtaining stolen credit card information which was encoded onto a new card, and then used the card at the pump to purchase fuel. The indictment alleges that on 31 separate occasions, the enterprise used the credit card information of approximately 40 different individuals at 12 different gas stations in the Phoenix area including Circle K, Fry’s Fuel, Shell, and QuickTrip.

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