Friday, October 20, 2017

Two men arrested behind credit card skimming ring, LCSO says

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The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has two under arrest suspected of running a credit card skimmer ring in Southwest Florida.

According to deputies, a month-long investigation titled Operation Clone Wars culminated in the arrests of Marcos Gomez Cardenas, 27, and Idelberto Hechvarria Lavign, 30, on Friday, charging them both with multiple counts of credit card fraud, larceny, using forged credit cards, and identity theft.

Deputies say the two were responsible for manufacturing and placing credit card skimmer machines inside gas station pumps. The small devices record the credit card data of unsuspecting people who insert their cards into gas station credit card readers, with which thieves can create bogus credit cards or steal identities.

Search warrants conducted at the homes of the two men, and once there, deputies say they found components and completed credit card skimming devices, along with cloned credit cards.

Deputies seized the components, along with 33 cloned credit cards, blank credit cards, two vehicles and nearly $8,000 in cash.

More charges could still be coming as the investigation continues.


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