2nd man receives 20-year sentence in Hawaii scam

Published: Jul. 2, 2013 at 1:22 PM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - A co-defendant convicted of stealing credit and debit card information at Waikiki gas stations has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Akop Changryan was sentenced Monday for first-degree identity theft. He and co-defendant Vardan Kagramany must pay more than $157,000 in restitution to affected Hawaii banks.

Kagramany was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison. Jurors convicted both men of identity theft after they were extradited to Hawaii from California.

Deputy Prosecutor Chris Van Marter says Changryan installed the skimming devices while Kagramany served as the lookout. He says both men are members of a criminal organization in Los Angeles known as Armenia Power.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports 29-year-old Changryan plans to appeal his conviction.

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