Woman admits part in stealing 94,000 card numbers

A California woman has admitted taking part in a scheme to steal 94,000 credit and debit card numbers from customers at stores across the country.

Twenty-eight-year-old Crystal Banuelos, of Bloomington, pleaded guilty to the scheme in federal court in Camden Tuesday.

Banuelos and others replaced point of sale terminals with counterfeit devices equipped with wireless technology to acquire bank account and PIN numbers at 80 Michaels Stores in 19 states.

She then used the stolen information to steal $480,300 from victims’ bank accounts.

She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft and faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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