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Cuban national linked to credit card scheme pleads guilty

A Cuban national pleaded guilty before U.S, District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara Wednesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a credit card scam.

Yasser Carrillo Chartrand, 24, the last of the six people convicted in the case, faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced Sept. 28, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. His accomplices pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito Jr. said in recent years, the six obtained credit or debit card numbers of their victims, then encoded counterfeit cards, which they used to make purchases at stores, pharmacies and gas stations throughout Western New York.

Investigators said they obtained cash by reselling gasoline obtained with the counterfeit cards.