MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 28-year-old California woman was convicted of identity theft involving at least eight victims in a gas pump credit card skimming case.
Authorities said Gohar Yesayan, of Van Nuys, Ca., was accused of installing an illegal credit card skimmer in gas pumps in order to steal victims’ identities. On Monday, a jury found Yesayan guilty.READ MORE: New Poll Shows Minneapolis Residents Support Charter Amendment Replacing Police
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the jury took little time to convict Yesayan — the first of two defendants in the identity theft case.
Freeman said through the investigation, detectives learned that more than 450 people had their credit card information stolen by the device Yesayan installed.READ MORE: Minnesota Apple Orchards Endure Labor Shortage During Peak Season
At least eight of those people were victims of identity theft.
“There would have been hundreds or thousands more victims if she had not been stopped,” Freeman said. “And some of our victims were temporarily unable to pay for food and other necessities because their accounts were tapped.”MORE NEWS: 'I Laid On The Floor And Just Bawled': Minnesota TikTok Sensation, 79, Overwhelmed By Support After Scooter Breaks
Yesayan will be sentenced on April 5. She could face more than three years in prison.