Two Dominican men ended up indicted last week for the theft of over 18,000 credit card numbers, federal officials said.
The men used credit card skimming machines and ended up spending $1.2 million using fake credit and debit cards, said Department of Justice (DoJ) officials.
Juan Jose Rodriguez-Castro, 36, and Wilberd Armando Reyes-Castro, aka “Jose M. Robels-Burgos,” 25, face charges of conspiring to commit bank fraud, possession of unauthorized access devices, possession of device making equipment, possession of document making implements, and aggravated identity theft, DoJ officials said.
The two suspects placed their skimming machines in gas stations and various other locations across multiple U.S. states in an operation that lasted from April 2016 to June 2018, according to the DoJ.
They used the personal identifying information (PII) and the credit card data they stole to create fraudulent credit and debit cards which allowed them to make purchases of roughly $1.2 million dollars, DoJ officials said.
The defendants ended up arrested and detained since June 6 by the Pawtucket, RI, Police, following an armed home invasion reported in a 911 call.
In their residence, police officers that arrived at the scene found “several computers, credit card skimming machines, equipment and supplies used to create fraudulent credit, debit and identification cards, a photo identification card printer, a laminating machine, and identification holograms from various states.”
Subsequently, United States Secret Service and Homeland Security Investigations agents were able to find the PII and 18,000 stolen credit card numbers on the confiscated computers using forensic examination tools and methods.
“The defendants used the stolen data to create hundreds of counterfeit credit, debit, and state identification cards,” the DoJ said. “Fraudulently created credit cards were used to make at least $1.2 million dollars in purchases.”