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Man buys $10,000 in stolen gasoline with dark web info in Ohio: Feds

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File photo of a gas pump.  Authorities say an Ohio man purchased more than $10,000 worth of gasoline using stolen account information.

File photo of a gas pump. Authorities say an Ohio man purchased more than $10,000 worth of gasoline using stolen account information.

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An Ohio man bought stolen credit and debit card information from the dark web to buy gas – then used that stolen gas “to fuel vehicles used to deliver packages for Amazon”, according to the authorities.

Charles E. Smith, Jr., 52, of Woodmere, pleaded guilty May 19 in federal court to access to device fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme, according to a statement. release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. .

Smith is accused of purchasing the stolen information – which included account numbers and addresses – on the dark web between May 2019 and May 2020. He purchased at least 600 stolen debit and credit card accounts, according to the authorities, with people from 25 states involved.

Once he got the information, authorities say he used blank cards and a credit card reader encoder/writer to create new usable cards.

With these new cards, he bought at least $10,621 worth of gas at various stations in northern Ohio, according to the press release. Officials say he used more than 100 stolen accounts to do this.

Smith’s defense attorney did not immediately respond to a May 20 request for comment.

Authorities have not explained why Smith refueled vehicles for Amazon deliveries or whether he made the delivery himself. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News.

Smith faces between two and 12 years in prison, according to the press release. His sentencing is scheduled for August 25.

Woodmere is a suburb of the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area.

This story was originally published May 20, 2022 5:55 p.m.

Kaitlyn Alanis is a McClatchy national real-time reporter based in Kansas. She is an alumnus of agricultural communication and journalism at Kansas State University.