ATM SKIMMERS USED TO STEAL OVER $400,000
Four men have been indicted on federal charges related to an identity theft ring, according to US Attorney José Angel Moreno. The men, Jason Michael Lall, 38, John Pierre Griffin, 32, John DaSilva Paz, 27, all residents of Houston, and Albert Richard, 51, of Missouri City, are charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and device fraud.
All four men were arrested by criminal complaint on June 3 and appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on June 10. Paz and Richard are currently out on bond, while Lall and Griffin are currently being held in custody without bond. All four men appeared in court yesterday for formal arraignment proceedings, at which time all entered a plea of not guilty to the charges. The case is currently set for trial on Aug. 29 before U.S. District Court Judge Melinda Harmon.
According to the indictment, the men used skimmers on ATMs to capture bank customers personal identifying information and PINs. The information was then used on fraudulent debit cards to withdraw over $400,000.
HAVE YOU DISCOVERED UNAUTHORIZED CHARGES TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT? HAVE YOU DISCOVERED ACCOUNTS ON YOUR EQUIFAX, EXPERIAN OR TRANS UNION CREDIT REPORT THAT YOU DID NOT OPEN? IF YES, YOU MAY BE A VICTIM OF ID THEFT. CONTACT ATTORNEY MICAH ADKINS FOR A FREE ID THEFT INFORMATION KIT.
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