OCSO: Romanians arrested for skimming scheme in Northwest Florida



OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) - The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has captured two Romanians believed to be traveling state to state installing skimming devices on ATM machines.

Skimming devices capture card numbers and pins from debit and credit cards and are typically sold on the dark web to be used to make fraudulent purchases or withdrawals.

The sheriff's office says thanks to information from employees at Eglin Federal Credit Union, a deputy was started searching Highway 98 for suspects in a gray Toyota Corolla with Georgia plates on May 5 when he spotted it speeding eastbound around 8 a.m. The sheriff's office says a traffic stop was made and the driver and passenger were identified as the suspects spotted from surveillance video installing skimming devices and a camera on an EFCU ATM machine in Mary Esther earlier that morning.

The sheriff's office says OCSO Economic/Financial Crimes Investigators were able to get a confession from one of the suspects who said he was paid to participate in "skimmer" activity.

43-year old Viorel Naboiu and 31-year old Florin Bersanu are charged with use or possession of a scanning/skimming device and defrauding a financial institution, deputies say.

The sheriff's office says Naboiu told an OCSO investigator he did not speak or understand English, but later spoke in English asking for his jacket because he was cold.

Both men are being held without bond in the Okaloosa County Jail.

Investigators collaborated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security in this case.


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