Arman Mkhitaryan, 33, of Glendale, will be arraigned today on a 33-count indictment charging him with bank fraud and credit card fraud in Fresno, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, Mkhitaryan installed credit card skimming devices at Fresno area gas stations and stole individuals’ credit card information. He used that information to create counterfeit credit cards and purchase more than $160,000 in postage stamps via self-service kiosks at U.S. Post Offices.
This case stems from an investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Vincente Tennerelli and Joseph Barton are prosecuting the case.
If convicted of bank fraud, Mkhitaryan faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.
If convicted of credit card fraud, Mkhitaryan faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.