INDIO, Calif. - A 29-year-old Sun Valley man pleaded guilty today to felony charges for using an electronic skimmer to steal account information from customers at a Chase bank branch in La Quinta.
Vahe Ruben Yerkanyan pleaded guilty to one count each of burglary, forging an access card and using personal information to obtain credit and was immediately sentenced to 270 days in custody and three years probation.
Yerkanyan was also ordered to pay a total of about $4,500 in restitution to six victims, according to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. Under the plea deal, 13 other counts were dismissed.
Yerkanyan was arrested May 14 at a Chase branch at 74-930 Country Club Drive in Palm Desert, where he was trying to use the stolen information to get cash.
Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Steve DaSilva said that two days before the arrest was made, Yerkanyan went into a vestibule at the Chase branch at 78-805 Highway 111 in La Quinta on three occasions, installing and removing a skimming device.
A security guard at the Palm Desert bank later alerted law enforcement that someone was trying to use stolen account information there, DaSilva said.