Two people from Montgomery and Prattville are now under arrest and charged with conspiracy to fraudulently use credit and debit card numbers connected to customers of the Prattville Olive Garden restaurant.
U.S. Attorney George Beck, Jr's office announced the arrests Tuesday of Andre Willis, 35, of Montgomery, and Kenmore Strother, 26, of Prattville.
Becks' office says Willis' and Strother's arrests came after a federal grand jury indicted them on various charges, including conspiracy, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.
The indictment says Stother was employed at Olive Garden in Prattville and that Willis gave Strother a credit card skimming device which is designed to read and store credit and debit account numbers from cards that are swiped through the machine.
Stother is alleged to have used the skimming device to swipe credit and debit card numbers of Olive Garden customers and then gave the device to back Willis who used some of the account numbers to purchase items at area businesses.
Beck's office says if convicted, Strother and Willis face a maximum potential sentence of 5 years in prison for the conspiracy charge, 10 years for an access device fraud charge, and a mandatory two-year sentence for the aggravated identity theft charge. Also, Strother faces a potential sentence of 15 years on a second access device fraud charge.
Willis and Strother will also be subject to fines and mandatory restitution if convicted.
This case was investigated by special agents of the United States Secret Service as well as the Prattville Police Department.
INFORMATION SOURCE: U.S. Attorney George Beck's office
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