Man sentenced in ATM theft scam

September 23, 2009 5:42:54 AM PDT
One of two men involved in a scheme to steal debit card information from pharmacy customers has been sentenced to time served.

Twenty-seven-year-old Artur Grigoryan was sentenced Tuesday in federal court after spending just over two years in prison. But the judge sealed the first half of his sentencing without explanation.

Grigoryan is expected to be deported to Armenia.

Federal prosecutors say Grigoryan and 26-year-old Artur Harutyunyan, who is also from Armenia, placed a device inside checkout counter keypads at Rite Aid stores in Wayne, Pa., and Brandywine Hundred, Del., to store users' account numbers and security passwords.

Authorities say the men then made fake debit cards to withdraw more than $570,000 from victims' accounts.

Harutyunyan is set to be sentenced later this year.


Information from: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal,