Gulfport, Mississippi - Ricardo Arcanjo Ramos, age 37, an illegal alien and a former citizen of Brazil, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to one count of access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Jere T. Miles, Special Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans.
In July of 2017, Ramos and others placed skimmers and cameras on Automated Teller Machines at a credit union in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Ramos obtained over 15 account numbers, electronic serial numbers and personal identification numbers. He and others used these numbers to obtain money and transfer funds days later in Florida at two banks and a resort. In the process of committing this fraud, Ramos possessed and used, without lawful authority, the identification of another person, committing aggravated identity theft.
Ramos will be sentenced by Judge Ozerden on December 3, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for access device fraud, and a mandatory sentence of 2 years for aggravated identity theft in addition to the sentence imposed for access device fraud.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.