US computer programmer sentenced for ATM fraud scam

Monday 31 March 2008 15:07 CET | News

A former computer programmer at the Alabama Compass Bank has been sentenced by a US district court to 42 months in prison after he stole a hard drive containing around one million customer card records.

James Real used the stolen data to create around 250 counterfeit cards and withdraw money at ATMs. He used about 45 cards to withdraw money from customer’s accounts before being arrested by police who noticed him withdrawing money from ATMs in Birmingham on 28 June 2007.The former Compass Bank employee was also ordered by US District judge Virginia Hopkins to pay back the USD 32.740 he stole at cash machines in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee. Real’s female accomplice Laray Byrd was condemned to one month in prison after buying an encoder and software to make the counterfeit cards.

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