ATM fraud on the rise in Toronto, Banks fail to disclose locations

On Thursday, January 27, 2011, officers of the Fraud Squad Organized Crime Section concluded a two-week fraud investigation.

It is alleged that:

– the accused men attended ATMs across the GTA, placing a skimming device over the card-reading slot and attaching a pinhole camera facing the PIN pad of the machine,

– the equipment was left in place for one to two hours, capturing clients’ payment card information,

– the equipment was removed and the data transferred to a computer, allowing the creation of counterfeit cards,

– 60 cases were identified,

– $280,000 in losses have been attributed to the accused men from one of the financial institutions.

Police executed four search warrants at apartments in Toronto.

It is further alleged that:

– police seized counterfeit payment cards, laptop computers, several pinhole cameras, card-reader overlays, electronics and manufacturing tools, and counterfeit identification.

Alexander Livchits, 27, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Conspiracy to commit fraud,
2) 49 counts of Possess credit card forgery device,
3) five counts of Possess credit card data,
4) two counts of Identity theft.

Calin Nicusor Nicula, 26, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Conspiracy to commit fraud,
2) five counts of Possess credit card forgery device,
3) two counts of Identity theft,
4) Make credit card forgery device,
5) Expose counterfeit mark.

Ionut Oltean, 29, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Conspiracy to commit fraud,
2) two counts of Possess credit card forgery device,
3) Possess fraudulent credit card,
4) Identity theft,
5) Make credit card forgery device.

Petru Mosneag, 43, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Conspiracy to commit fraud,
2) four counts Possess credit card forgery device,
3) 21 counts of Fraud possess credit card data,
4) six counts of Possession property obtained by crime,
5) four counts of Possess credit card obtained by crime,
6) Make or repair credit card forgery device
7) four counts of Expose counterfeit mark.

Jozsef Kiss, 41, of Toronto, has been charged with:
1) Conspiracy to commit fraud
2) four counts of Expose counterfeit mark,
3) Make or repair credit card forgery device,
4) five counts of Possess credit card obtained by crime,
5) four counts of Possess credit card forgery device,
6) 22 counts of Fraud possess credit card data,
7) seven counts of Possession property obtained by crime.

Alexander Livchits is scheduled to appear in court at College Park, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, room 505, at 10 a.m.

They remainder of the accused were scheduled to appear in court at College Park , on Thursday, February 3, 2011, room 501, at 10 a.m.

When contacted by Oye! Times about locations of ATM fraud, all the banks had no comment.

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