Rhode Island

Two Charged in Scheme to Skim Thousands of Credit Card Numbers

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Prosecutors say two men have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Rhode Island on charges they stole thousands of credit card numbers and personal identifying information.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Providence says 36-year-old Juan Jose Rodriguez-Castro and 25-year-old Wilberd Armando Reyes-Castro used credit card skimming machines in gas stations and other places in several states between April 2016 and June 2018. They then allegedly used the information gleaned from some 18,000 cards to create fraudulent credit and debit cards and make at least $1.2 million in purchases.

The defendants face several charges including conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Authorities say Reyes-Castro and Rodriguez-Castro were arrested in June and are also the subject of immigration detainers lodged against them by Immigration and Custom Enforcement.

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