3 LA-Area Men Get 18 Months In Federal Prison For Counterfeiting Visa Cards

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three Southern California men who were arrested in Kansas with 247 phony Visa debit cards have been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

They were among four men who pleaded guilty to single counts related to counterfeiting in a deal with prosecutors.

The case stems from a traffic stop last April 2 following a chase through Thomas County in northwest Kansas. Officers said a search turned up the counterfeit debit cards, a computer and a device used to read and write data on the cards’ magnetic strips.

Sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren were Adis Poghosyan and Artour Hakobyan, both of Glendale, Calif., and Vachagan Baghdasaryan, of Los Angeles.

The fourth defendant, Haykaz Mansuryan, also of Glendale, is expected to get 18 months at sentencing Wednesday.

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  • AJ Morgan

    There’s a surpise.

    Check the rest of Glendale and go after the Home Health Care scammers

  • Stupid Justice

    18 months for that? Wow, people get 10 years for robbing a bank or liquor store of only a handful of dollars and these high tech thieves only received 18 months sentence???

    You can kick a dog or hit a cat and get at least 5 years Prison but these high tech criminals only got 18 months..

    And i’m sure that incudes evading arrest(high speed chase).

    Go Figure..

  • Steve

    They SHOULD get more TIME! !!!!

  • John

    they should of got less time there just innocent young boys

  • http://www.metropd.com Kereg Bender

    They should be executed and buried in their native land.

  • Lucky Thugs

    Only 18 months? WoW!!

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