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4 arrested in Broome County, country-wide gas station skimming

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(WBNG) -- Four individuals from Miami have been arrested and charged into connection to a device fraud and money laundering scheme.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the defendants stole multiple credit and debit card numbers at gas station pumps in Broome County and across the country.

According to the indictment, the defendants were charged as follows:

  • 33-year-old Yudiel Ceballos; conspiracy to commit access device fraud
  • 33-year-old Yuny Hurtado Rodriguez; conspiracy to commit access device fraud
  • 34-year-old Arley Gonzalez; conspiracy to commit access device fraud
  • 36-year-old Marlon Palacios; conspiracy to commit money laundering and aggravated identity theft

An initial indictment was issued for this case in October 2019. Three people were arrested under the same allegations.

Officials say those charged with conspiring to commit access device fraud built and installed gas station skimming devices in gas pumps enabling them to steal credit card information from customers paying at the pump.

Once the defendants acquired the banking information, they then created fraudulent debit and credit cards which were used to obtain money orders, gift cards, cash and other merchandise. Financial transactions were made using the money from the scheme.

The defendants have not yet been found guilty of the charges against them, and the investigation remains underway.

Abigail Lane

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