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Man sentenced in Waikiki gas station credit skimming scheme

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:15 p.m. HST, Jun 17, 2013

A man extradited to Hawaii from California has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in stealing credit card information at Waikiki gas stations.

Vardan Kagramany was sentenced in today. A jury in February convicted the 39-year-old of identity theft.

He and co-defendant Akop Changryan must also pay more than $157,000 in restitution to six Hawaii financial institutions. Prosecutors say they installed skimming devices at four gas stations and took credit card and debit card information from nearly 200 accounts.

Changryan's defense attorney asked that his sentencing be postponed to next week.

They were extradited from California, where they faced similar charges. A spokesman for the city prosecutor's office says they belong to an Armenian organized crime network.

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nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I applaud the judicial system for getting this right. My only concern is how much this creep will actually spend behind bars of the 20 years he has been sentenced. Too many times I have seen criminals spend only a fraction of their sentence behind bars. Further, I hope that they really do follow up on the restitution once he is actually released. His pay, should he acquire a job, should be garnished.
on June 17,2013 | 11:00AM
Shh wrote:
I agree. So many never really end up spending their entire sentence behind bars. Shameful!
on June 17,2013 | 11:20AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
Well, were they brought up on State charges or Federal charges? Makes a difference in the likelihood of them serving their full sentences. Typical reporting these days. What are they teaching in journalism school? These are simple questions that the average reader wants to know.
on June 17,2013 | 11:29AM
IAmSane wrote:
The case was taken up by the city prosecutors.
on June 17,2013 | 12:28PM
mikethenovice wrote:
The dummies are still doing the crime with the paper trail on it.
on June 17,2013 | 02:05PM
cojef wrote:
Do the crime, do the time. These guys are not too swift, cuz they got caught.
on June 17,2013 | 04:26PM
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