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UNDERWAY INTO ALLEGATIONS OF CREDIT CARD FRAUD AT A BUSINESS ON KOSTORYZ ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS

THIS CREDIT CARD SCHEME HAD BEEN GOING ON SINCE LAST YEAR IT WAS HAPPENING AT AMERICAN AUTO PROS ON KOSTORYZ MORE THAN THIRTY-THOUSAND-DOLLAR S ALLEGEDLY STOLEN FROM AS MANY AS SEVENTEEN CUSTOMERS PAYING WITH CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS

AND ACCORDING TO A U-S DISTRICT COURT AFFADAVITTHE SUSPECT NAMED IS ANTONIO ARTEAGA HERE'S HOW HE IS ACCUSED OF DOING IT

COURT DOCUMENTS SAY THE CREDIT CARD MACHINE AT THE BUSINESS WAS CONNECTED TO A CORD THAT RAN THRU A HOLE IN THE WALL THAT CORD WENT THROUGH THE WALL AND PLUGGED INTO A COMPUTER INSIDE A FILING CABINET THE COMPUTER HAD SOFTWARE INSTALLED TO PULL AND STORE BANKING INFORMATION THE COURT AFFADAVIT GOES ON TO SAY THERE WAS A CAMERA LOCATED ABOVE THE CREDIT CARD MACHINE AND THAT'S HOW ARTEAGA ALLEGEDLY GOT WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR

LT MICHAEL PENA WITH CCPD'S FINANCIAL CRIMES SECTION <LT MICHAEL PENA-CCPD/CLIP 0007OX/11014710 YEAH, HE COULD WATCH GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE VIDEO AND WATCH PEOPLE PUT THEIR PIN #'S IN

11015224/LENGTH; 05> AND ONCE ARTEAGA REPORTEDLY HAD THAT INFORMATIONPENA SAYS HE USED IT CONSISTENTLY AT STRIPES STORES ON KOSTORYZ <CLIP 0007OX/11002300 HE WOULD GO INTO THE ATM AND PULL MONEY OUT AT DIFFERENT TIMES USING BASICALLY A CLONED CREDIT CARD

11003026/LENGTH; 08> IN AUGUST THIS YEARCCPD OBTAINED A SEARCH WARRANT FOR ARTEAGA'S RESIDENCE AND BUSINESS OFFICERS SEIZED THIRTEEN-THOUSAND-DOLL ARS IN CASH

A CREDIT CARD ENCODING MACHINE AND DOZENS OF BLANK PLASTIC CARDS COMMONLY ASSOCIATED WITH CREDIT CARD DUPLICATION <CLIP 0007OX/11060601 ONCE WE SAW THAT THERE WAS SUBSTANTIAL FRAUD, WE REACHED OUT TO THE SECRET SERVICE 11061115/LENGTH; 05> AND ARTEAGA WAS ARRESTED [A4]American Auto Pros-OTS ARTEAGA HAS SINCE BONDED OUT OF JAIL IN THE COURT AFFIDAVIT

HE DENIES STEALING CREDIT CARDS FROM HIS CUSTOMERS AND INSTEAD BLAMED THE THEFT OF THE CARDS ON THE QUOTE'CUBANS' EMPLOYEES AT AMERICAN AUTO PROS TELL US ARTEAGA DOESN'T WORK THERE ANYMORE

THE CASE HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE SECRET SERVICE AND IS STILL AN ACTIVE INVESTIGATION IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE A VICTIM IN THIS CASEYOU ARE ASKED TO CONTACT CCPD IMMEDIATELY