A Norwalk man who previously served about 10 years in prison for killing a gang rival pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a fraud ring that stole credit card information from restaurant customers to create counterfeit cards.

Rudy Leo Aguilar, who goes by the street names “Fats” and “Dreamer,” pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced last month in a separate federal case to more than 15 years behind bars for distributing methamphetamine.

Aguilar, 34, was among 13 people — most of them linked to street gangs based in La Mirada and Norwalk — charged last year in the bank fraud scheme.

Russell Jay “Big Dog” Ogden, along with his wife, ran the scheme that used electronic devices to collect information from victims’ credit cards, federal prosecutors allege.

Members of the scheme allegedly encoded the stolen information on counterfeit credit cards and used the phony cards to purchase big-ticket items that were later sold for a profit. Investigators determined that many of the credit cards in the case were skimmed at a restaurant in Huntington Beach, prosecutors said.

In total, the scheme compromised more than 500 credit cards and caused various financial institutions to suffer losses of more than $500,000 when the cards were used across Southern California at department stores such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, sporting goods stores and Toys R Us, according to the bank fraud indictment.

Aguilar faces up to 32 years in federal prison at sentencing on Dec. 19, prosecutors said. That sentence is expected to run concurrent with his 188-month term in the drug case.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Aguilar was convicted in 2003 of voluntary manslaughter in a gang-related killing and was sentenced to 13 years in state prison.

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