Charges Laid in Credit Card Skimming Operation
Following a six-month investigation by the Calgary Police Service Economic Crimes Unit, two people have been charged in relation to a credit card skimming and manufacturing operation.
The investigation was brought to light following reports that credit card skimming devices were being placed on gas pumps throughout Calgary.
As a result of the investigation, two search warrants were executed Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at a residence in the 400 block of Mahogany Terrace S.E. and at a residence in the 100 block of Silverado Boulevard S.W.
Inside the residences investigators found what is believed to be more than $150,000 worth of high-end merchandise purchased using fraudulent credit cards. The merchandise includes items from Breitling, Holt Renfrew, Burberry, Nordstrom, Prada, Gucci, Canada Goose, Apple, and Go Pro.
During the execution of the search warrants, investigators also discovered a fully functioning credit card and identification counterfeiting lab. This included hand tools and paint to create overlays, pinpad keys, cash, a track two data reader and encoder, and samples of fraudulent credit cards and counterfeit identification.
Officers also discovered a list of 38 addresses in and around the city which appeared to be locations of gas stations where credit card skimmer devices may be installed. To ensure the listed businesses had not already been victimized, the Economic Crimes Unit attended all locations to inspect the gas pumps and alert the management of possible gas pump tampering and skimming activity.
At this time, it is believed the suspects were able to obtain more than 500 credit card numbers per month from gas pump skimmers. Calgarians are being asked to check their credit statements to ensure all charges are legitimate.
A total of 39 charges have been laid against two men in relation to this investigation.
Denys RANYUK, 32, is charged with three counts of mischief to property, three counts of mischief to data, three counts of possessing an instrument of forgery, two counts of possessing credit card data and two counts of possessing fraudulent credit card data.
Dimitri BARBU, 33, is charged with three counts of mischief to property, three counts of mischief to data, three counts of possessing an instrument of forgery, three counts of breach of a recognizance, seven counts of possessing credit card data and seven counts of possessing fraudulent credit cards.