Russian Immigrants Charged In Multi-CU Card Skimming

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Two Russian immigrants on Thursday were charged with skimming credit and debit card data from members at four credit unions at three local ATMs.

Authorities said Sergei Marchant, 23, and Nikolay Volosov, 25, installed electronic devices known as skimmers at the ATMs to record information stored on the magnetic strip from the cards between May 1, 2009, and July 31, 2009. They also installed small cameras that captured victims’ PIN numbers.

The card information was used to create counterfeit credit and debit cards, which then made thousands of dollars in cash withdrawals.

The card data came from members at Fort Bragg FCU, Pentagon FCU, State Employees CU, FAA CU, and Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase and Wachovia.

The suspects are charged with six counts each of card theft with a scanning device, financial card forgery and identity theft. They also are charged with three counts each of financial card fraud and two counts of misdemeanor financial card fraud.


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