Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Ard: Romanian suspects arrested in identity theft case

Ard: Romanian suspects arrested in identity theft case
Posted: Mar 12, 2019
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office:
The US Secret Service contacted the LPSO Financial Crimes Division on March 10, 2019.

Sheriff Jason Ard says, ‘We learned several Romanian suspects were in Livingston Parish and a neighboring parish using several counterfeit credit cards to withdraw funds from bank ATMs. The credit cards used by the suspects were skimmed at local gas stations.’

Through an investigation with the US Secret Service - including video surveillance - detectives were able to identify the suspects & a suspect vehicle.

Sheriff says, ‘On March 11, 2019, an LPSO detective spotted the suspect vehicle at a Walker convenience store. Three suspects were taken into custody. As part of this investigation, detectives located 191 counterfeit credit cards and almost $4,000 in cash.’

Currently in the Livingston Parish Detention Center:
Mihaela Stancu
Antonio Serdaru
Peter Stancu

No longer in LPDC:
Ileana Tomescu
Principal to Anti-Skimming Act
Bank Fraud
Monetary Instrument Abuse
Identity Theft
*BOND: $100,000

Three juveniles were also involved. One remains in the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center. The other two will remain in state custody, an LPSO spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon.

Ard says, ‘One of the charges you’ll see is the ‘Anti-Skimming Act’. Some suspects were charged with this for using counterfeit credit cards that were encoded with skimmed account information to withdraw funds without authorization of the account holders. Because of the nature of this case, no more can be provided. Special thanks to the US Secret Service for working with us so closely & to my team for their tireless efforts at combatting crime.’

REMINDER: Check your accounts for signs of suspicious activity.