Thursday, April 21, 2011

Gang of nine arrested for suspected credit card skimming across southern Canada - - 20 Apr 2011

WHITBY,ON – Nine persons have been arrested on suspicion of skimming forged payment cards at automated banking machines (ABM) across southern Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
The nine, who belong to an organised crime group of Eastern Europeans, are suspected of installing electronic overlays at ABM stations to photograph debit card data and PIN numbers during operations by more than 300 unsuspecting owners, amounting to a total skim of close to $2 million.

The arrests were made last week in a combined sweep of Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, Toronto and St. Catherines by the Ontario provincial police with the assistance of the Durham, Halton, York and Niagara regional police forces and the Canada Border Services Agency.

The nine include Robert Deslippe,30, and Arthur Campbell,32, both of St. Catherines; Valentin Moldovan 21, of Richmond Hill; Laura Iona,24, of Vaughan, and Radu Oprea,32, Ioan Florin Tanasa,35, Paul Galatan,25, Dragos Catalin Neacsy,33, and Christian Ioana, 27, all with no fixed address.

They have been detained in custody for bail hearing at the Durham Region Court in Oshawa on charges of credit card forgery, money laundering, identity card theft and other indictable offenses.

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