LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Anderson Clayton Mariano Alcantara, 29, of Sorocaba, Brazil, was sentenced Monday to 97 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich announced.
According to court documents, from about January 1, 2013, to about January 3, 2017, Alcantara and others conspired to commit credit and debit card fraud by placing “skimmers” on automatic teller machines (ATM) and cash-out transaction ticket dispensing terminals, such as Global Cash Advance (GCA) machines in order to steal account information. Alcantara and his co-conspirators set-up credit card forgery “laboratories” in residences and Las Vegas hotel rooms to manufacture counterfeit credit and debit cards. Equipment in the laboratories included counterfeit card production systems, thermal dye printers, card-encoding devices, embossing and foil tipping machines, and computer software for fabricating forged bankcards.
Alcantara and his co-conspirators used the counterfeit credit and debit cards at hotel casinos; nightclub;, high-end watch, jewelry, and fashion boutiques: electronic retailers; and ATMs in Las Vegas and in other cities around the country. The Alcantara group’s conspiracy touched Del Mar, California; Detroit, Michigan; New Orleans, Louisiana; Nassau County, New York; Biloxi, Mississippi; and Atlantic City, New Jersey. The co-conspirators obtained cash advances at casinos, and purchased expensive merchandise, including Rolex watches, high-end purses and handbags, and Apple iPhones. They resold the fraudulently obtained goods on the black market or through online marketplaces. Alcantara and his co-conspirators then laundered their ill-gotten proceeds through various bank accounts. These activities caused millions of dollars in losses to hotel-casino properties and other retail businesses.
This case was the product of a ten-month investigation by the FBI; the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS); the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; and the Henderson Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Burns prosecuted the case.