LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Lee County Sheriff’s Office took a major step in cracking down on credit card skimmers on Friday.
After a month-long investigation the Economic Crimes Unit uncovered an organization that had manufactured and installed credit card skimmers at multiple gas station pumps. Participants used the information stolen from the skimmers to make cloned credit cards and purchase fuel, gift cards and other resale merchandise.
Further investigation led to the seizing of a 2005 Nissan pickup truck, a 2004 Ford pickup truck, $7,860 in cash, 33 cloned credit cards, gas pump lock keys, credit card readers, credit card encoder devices, multiple computers, tools used to manufacture cloned credit cards and other items purchased with the cloned cards.
Authorities arrested two Fort Myers men after finding the supplies needed to make skimming devices in their homes. Both Marcos Cardenas and Idelberto Lavign were charged with multiple counts of credit card fraud, larceny, using forged credit cards and identity theft. More charges are pending, according to a statement from LCSO.
Source: NBC 2