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DEA Program Manager Charged in Credit Card Fraud Involving $115,000; Prosecutors Allege She Took Out 33 DEA Credit Cards

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A DEA program manager from Maryland has been charged in a fraudulent scheme involving DEA credit cards.

She’s charged with using the cards to withdraw from ATM machines about $115,000 for her own use.

Keenya Meshell Banks, age 41, of Upper Marlboro, Md. is charged in a criminal complaint with access device fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. She made her initial appearance on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

According to a government affidavit, Banks worked as a DEA Program Manager in Northern Virginia, and was responsible for the approval and issuance of government credit cards to DEA employees, authorities said in a press release. The affidavit alleges that from June 2010 through October 2014, Banks fraudulently acquired 33 DEA credit cards.

According to the press release:

Specifically, Banks allegedly submitted applications that included the names and identifying information of individuals who did not work for DEA and therefore were not eligible to receive DEA government credit cards. On at least one occasion, Banks submitted an application that matched a current DEA employee. The employee never received the card and Banks allegedly used the personal information of the employee without the employee’s knowledge or approval. The credit cards were ordered by Banks via email, and the cards were sent to Banks via Federal Express or other mail, based on her certification on the applications.

The criminal complaint alleges that Banks used the cards at Automated Teller Machines in Maryland and Northern Virginia, withdrawing approximately $115,841.74 over the course of the scheme. No payment was ever made to the credit card issuer.

Secret Service investigates Increasing Number of Credit Card “Skimming” Cases

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When you hand over your credit card, be careful what happens to it.

The Secret Service is reporting an increasing number of cases of credit card “skimming,” or thieves copying information on the card, the South Jersey Times reports.

The information, such as the name, card number and expiration date, often is sold to someone else, who uses it to make purchases.

“Sometimes in a restaurant, or at a gas station, an employee takes that card, and they’re paid by someone else for the information on it,” said Cynthia Wofford, Special Agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Philadelphia field office.

Credit Card Sting Nets Arrest of 24

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two dozen people were arrested in 13 countries following a two-year FBI sting designed to catch credit card thieves, the New York Times reports.

The FBI created a website that appeared to contain credit card numbers and software to spy on computers so authorities could capture hackers, according to the Times.

“These guys represent the complete ecosystem of Internet fraud,” said one senior law enforcement official who requested anonymity because of the confidentiality of the investigation. “We drew them out of the shadows with the Web site as bait.”

The idea was to crack down on the increasing number of hackers who are obtaining credit card numbers and often selling them overseas.

Bizarre Sex Initiations Required for Credit Card Scheme, Secret Service Investigation Reveals

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Here’s a record-breaker for the kinkiest financial fraud: Allegations in a fed probe in Georgia suggest the leader of a credit card cloning ring demanded his co-conspirators, in order to prove themselves, had to engage in sexual acts with him, other men and women while being videotaped, reports the Athens Banner-Herald in Georgia.

Vikas Yadav found crime partners in online S&M chatrooms, according to the Herald-Banner. The scheme ultimately netted him millions of dollars.

The ring was discovered during an investigation in which Athens-Clarke, Ga., police detective Beverly Russell helped the US Secret Service.  As part of the probe, authorities seized a package of more then 20 cloned credit cards which Yadav had shipped into North Carolina.

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Feds, Secret Service Look into Bank Card Skimming Machines at Calif. Supermarkets

By Danny Fenster
tickelthewire.com

Some unlucky shoppers fell victim to a credit and debit card-skimming operation in Northern California at the unfortunately named Lucky supermarket in San Leandro recently.

The market is the 24th in Northern California to be victimized by such a scheme, according to ABC News. More than 500 customers called Lucky about fraudulent or attempted fraudulent activity, parent company Save Mart Supermarkets said on its website in a customer advisory note.

“Every customer should continue checking their accounts regularly as a precaution if they used a checkout terminal in October or November,” the customer advisory stated.

The Secret Service is examining the tampered card readers that were found at several store self-checkout machines. Local, state and federal agencies are involved in the investigation as well.

To read more click here.