The third member of a Monterey Park-based trafficking ring was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison, the Attorney General's office announced Tuesday.
Tong Zhang, also known as Steven, 24, fraudulently obtained credit card numbers on the Internet and sold the information to 42-year-old Fei Wang, who with his 41-year-old girlfriend Donghong Shen, recruited workers through advertisements in Chinese-language newspapers to make fraudulent purchases at stores.
Zhang was a student from Shanghai who studied at Santa Monica College with a $100,000 stipend from his family. However, he dropped out of school and and moved to Las Vegas, where he started the scheme with Wang and Shen, both of Monterey Park.
Wang and Shen were arrested in January 2010 at their residence when they prepared to go out to make purchases for the fourth time and were later sentenced to 30 months and 15 months in prison.
Two months later, federal agents arrested Zhang in Las Vegas and found over 600 credit card numbers on his computers.
All three defendants will be subject to deportation upon completion of their prison sentences. Currently, Zhang is in the United States on a student visa, Wang is a permanent resident, and Shen is an illegal immigrant with an expired visa.