Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Kenmore Strother, 26, of Prattville, Ala., and Andre Willis, 35, of Montgomery, Ala., were recently arrested and charged with involvement in a conspiracy to use stolen credit and debit card numbers.
The arrests came after a federal grand jury indicted Strother and Willis on charges including conspiracy, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, Willis provided Strother, who was employed at the Olive Garden restaurant in Prattville, Ala., with a credit card skimming device. Strother allegedly used the skimming device to steal Olive Garden customers' credit and debit card numbers, then returned the device to Willis, who used the stolen account numbers to purchase items at businesses in the area.
If convicted, each defendant faces up to 17 years in prison. Strother also faces up to an additional 15 years on a second access device fraud charges. Willis and Strother will also be subject to fines and mandatory restitution if convicted.