Man Sentenced in Stop & Shop Keypad-tampering Case; Deportation Likely

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Man Sentenced in Stop & Shop Keypad-tampering Case; Deportation Likely

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Los Angeles resident Arutyun Shatarevyan received a sentence in federal court of 66 months in prison for his part in a keypad-tampering scam that resulted in the theft of the bank card data of dozens of New England Stop & Shop customers, according to published reports.

He will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he can be considered for release. The 21-year-old Shatarevyan, an Armenian immigrant, also faces deportation to his native country after serving his sentence.

Shatarevyan was one of four California men arrested in February at a Stop & Shop in Coventry, R.I., where they had gone to remove a checkout keypad rigged to steal customers' account data. The men took or tried to take original PIN pads from at least six stores in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. All were eventually charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Two of the men have already been sentenced: Arman Ter-Esayan received six years and Gevork Baltadjian received 61 months. Sentencing for the fourth man, Mikael Stepanian, is scheduled for Dec. 6.

In addition to jail time, Shatarevyan must serve three years' probation and pay restitution of over $132,000.