Five Years in Jail For Filipino in Stolen Credit Card Fraud in US

A Filipino man has been sentenced to over five years in prison for running a $9 million stolen credit and debit card syndicate in New Jersey.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Angelo Virtucio, 31, of Quezon City, Philippines was sentenced to 63 months in prison, along with two years of supervised release from the federal court in Newark.

Virtucio pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud in 2016, a year after he was arrested in January 2015 in South Florida, a previous report on said.

The defendant, who was also known by the nicknames ZaiR, ZaiRe, Omega, and Omega10, bought stolen debit and credit card numbers from computer hackers, encoded new cards with stolen data and made series of unauthotized purchaes and ATM withdrawals with his “global network of cashers.”

The US Attorney’s Office added that the credit card numbers were primarily obtained through computer hacking while the debit card numbers were taken through ATM skimming operations.