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Citrus Heights man sentenced to prison for credit card fraud, marijuana manufacturing

A Citrus Heights man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for credit card fraud and manufacturing marijuana.

Oganes Serobyan, 41, was sentenced Thursday in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

Court documents indicate that Serobyan established a sham business, Link & Work Holdings LLC, which purported to sell “e-books” online, but which actually provided no goods or services. Between November 2010 and May 2011, the company unlawfully made tens of thousands of unauthorized charges on American Express credit cards, which were ultimately credited to Link & Work Holdings’ bank account. Bank surveillance footage showed Serobyan making cash withdrawals from this account.

More than 26,000 American Express account numbers were unlawfully charged during the scheme, with approximately $392,000 in fraudulent charges, authorities said. When officers searched Serobyan’s home, they discovered an active marijuana growing operation on his property with plants in various stages of growth, in addition to dozens of 1-gram vials of hashish oil.

Judge Nunley sentenced Serobyan to a total term or 51 months in prison and also ordered him to pay restitution to American Express in the amount of $392,519.21. The court ordered Serobyan to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on Sept. 25.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and the Sacramento Valley Financial Crimes Task Force.