Two accused of operating credit card skimming ring along I-95
A man and a woman from out of state are suspected of operating a credit card skimming ring along Interstate 95, and authorities say the pair may be connected to multiple fraud cases across the East Coast.
Yordan Alberto, 46, of Hialeah, Fla., and Katty Carpio-Rios, 41, of Brooklyn, N.Y., were arrested Sept. 28 after a traffic stop yielded thousands of dollars in cash, money orders, skimming devices that are placed in gas pumps and dozens of counterfeit credit cards.
Yemassee Police Chief Gregory Alexander stopped their car for speeding on I-95 and asked to search the SUV after Carpio-Rios couldn’t provide specifics about where she and Alberto were driving. Alexander and other officers found over $34,000 in cash in money orders, five credit card skimmers, 35 counterfeit credit cards, a credit card reader, a laptop and merchandise from various stores, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.
Credit card skimming devices can be installed inside a gas pump in seconds and are difficult to detect from the outside. The devices copy the magnetic strip information from credit cards.
Authorities said Alberto and Carpio-Rios had counterfeit credit cards with unauthorized account numbers re-encoded onto the magnetic strips. Some of the cards were wrapped in a Victoria’s Secret receipt and hidden under the vehicle’s floor mat.
During an interview, Alberto told investigators his means of employment was “working the credit cards,” a Secret Service agent wrote in the affidavit.
The two have been transferred to Charleston County Jail and were remanded to detention after appearing in U.S. District Court in Charleston on Tuesday.