Man gets prison in theft of bank card

A Carson City man was sentenced Tuesday to prison for using a stolen bank card to ring up more than $70,000 in charges that came directly out of a contractor's bank account.

Kuldip Singh Johal, 24, pleaded guilty to felony fraudulent use of a credit card and was sentenced to 18 to 48 months behind bars by District Judge Bill Maddox.

According to court records, at least 17 Carson City businesses charged money to the Irwin Bank check card.

Among the purchases were several hotel rooms rented by the week and auto parts.

Detective Bob Motamenpour said payments were made with the victim's account number but in Johal's name.

"I think he actually obtained the credit card number from when he worked at a gas station. Then he passed the number to two buddies in the Bay area who produced the card with his name on it," he said.

The victim was reimbursed his loss by the bank, Motamenpour said.

n Contact reporter F.T. Norton at or 881-1213.


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