Lancaster man gets jail time for credit card skimming

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster man will serve up to six years in state prison for his role in a credit card skimming scam in 2015.

On Wednesday, Carlos Carvaja pleaded guilty in court to multiple counts of access device fraud, theft by deception, illegal use of a credit card, using a forged credit card, and conspiracy.

Judge Dennis Reinaker, who pointed to Carvajal’s criminal history and lack of employment, ordered Carvajal, 55, to serve 3 to 6 years in prison.

Carvaja said in court that he was not stealing, but making the purchases for necessities.

Carvajal was charged with installing card-skimming devices at Lancaster-area ATM and then rewriting the stolen data onto prepaid cards.

As part of his sentence, Carvajal was also ordered to pay $4,780 in restitution.

Co-defendants in the case, Abel Castillo-Martinez and Ramses Afanador, are still awaiting trial.

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