Two More Guilty Pleas in Stop & Shop Identity Theft

Two more men admitted yesterday to stealing credit-card information from Stop & Shop customers by tampering with the card readers at the stores’ checkout lines.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two more men admitted here yesterday to stealing credit-card information from Stop & Shop customers by tampering with the card readers at the stores’ checkout lines. Arman Ter-Esayan and Gevork Baltadjian pleaded guilty to aggravated identify theft, a federal offense, carrying up to a two-year prison sentence, according to reports. They also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in unauthorized access devices, which carries a five-year maximum sentence. As previously reported, a third accused accomplice in the scheme, Arutyun Shatarevyan, has agreed to plead guilty. A fourth man also is accused in the case, which involved several Stop & Shop locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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