Skimming scheme ringleader sentenced to prison

GRAND RAPIDS< Mich. (WOOD) — The last of 10 people linked to a credit card skimming scheme in West Michigan has been sentenced to time in a federal prison, authorities said.

In a Wednesday release, the U.S. Attorney's Office said 45-year-old Guillermo Rodriguez of Miami was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison.

Federal investigators say Rodriguez was the ringleader of the skimming scheme, which in 2015 used devices placed in gas stations around West Michigan to steal people's credit card information. The crooks then used victims' information to buy gift cards or prepaid debit cards at Meijer stores in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing areas.

Several of the suspects were arrested in West Michigan and near Lansing in September 2015. In the end, a total of 10 people, all from Miami, were sentenced in connection to the scheme.

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