LIVINGSTON, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – Livingston Deputies say a Secret Service investigation into identity theft landed several Romanian Nationals in jail, including children.
Deputies say the Feds called them over the weekend and tipped them off to the suspects being in the area.
Investigators say they were able to use surveillance videos to track down the suspects.
The suspects are accused of using counterfeit credit cards that they stole using skimmers at gas stations.
Deputies say during the arrest, they found nearly 200 fake credit cards and $4,000 in cash.
Currently in the Livingston Parish Detention Center:
No longer in LPDC:
>Principal to Anti-Skimming Act
>Monetary Instrument Abuse
Three juveniles were also involved. One remains in the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center. The other two will remain in state custody.
Sheriff Jason 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.