Shahin Abdollahi, 46, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., and Jeffrey Thomas Wilkinson, 35, of Rialto, Calif., were recently charged with hacking into point of sale (POS) systems at Subway restaurants in order to create fraudulent Subway gift cards.
Abdollahi and Wilkinson have both been charged with one count of conspiracy of commit computer intrusion and wire fraud, and one count of wire fraud.
According to the Department of Justice, after owning Subway franchises in Southern California from 2005 to 2008, Abdollahi opened a POS system installation company named POS Doctor.
The indictment alleges that, starting in 2011 or so, Abdollahi and Wilkinson hacked into at least 13 Subway POS systems in order to add at least $40,000 in value to Subway gift cards. Abdollahi had previously sold the systems through POS Doctor, with LogMeIn remote access software helpfully pre-installed.
The two allegedly used the fraudulent cards to make purchases at Subway, though Wilkinson also sold the cards online via eBay and Craiglist.
This isn't the first assault on Subway POS systems -- in September of last year, Iulian Dolan and Cezar Butu admitted having hacked into POS systems at Subway restaurants and other business between 2009 and 2011. In plea agreements, Dolan agreed to be sentenced to seven years in prison, and Butu agreed to be sentenced to 21 months.