Skimming Scheme Could Have Victimized 40,000

Prosecutors try to tie Goukasian to a similar crime in Houston

By Lindsay Wilcox
|  Monday, Jun 18, 2012  |  Updated 7:26 PM CDT
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Evidence presented in Tarrant County criminal court Monday suggests nearly forty thousand people were victimized in an elaborate skimming scheme.

Lindsay Wilcox, NBC 5 News

Evidence presented in Tarrant County criminal court Monday suggests nearly forty thousand people were victimized in an elaborate skimming scheme.

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Victims Testify in Skimming Trial

One of the thousand victims of a gas pump skimming scheme testified in Aleksandr Goukasian's trial Friday.

Trial for Man Accused of Skimming

Aleksandre Goukasian is accused of an elaborate plot to steal the identities of countless North Texans through skimming devices at gas pumps. He's already pleaded guilty to federal charges.
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Evidence presented in court Monday suggests that nearly 40,000 people were victimized in an elaborate skimming scheme.

Aleksandr Goukasian is accused of placing debit card skimming devices in gas pumps across North Texas to illegally capture people's account information.

Goukasian faces up to 99 years in state prison if convicted on the identity theft charges. In a deal last year with federal prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to a charge of using an unauthorized access device.

In court, prosecutors spent much of the day trying to tie Goukasian to a similar case in Houston. Devices recovered there in March 2011 had the same unusual markings as those found in Dallas and Las Vegas. Prosecutors say files on a laptop connect all three cases.

The state rested its case late Monday.

Goukasian's defense team said it would likely call only one witness when testimony resumes Tuesday morning.

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