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U.S. Secret Service agents arrested a Bay Ridge man they say was part of a coast-to-coast credit card forgery ring — but the suspect’s rattled neighbors believe that something far more nefarious was afoot.

The agents, who bust counterfeiters when they’re not protecting President Obama and other U.S. dignitaries, stormed the Bay Ridge Boulevard man’s apartment near 88th Street at 5 am on March 16, taking the unidentified suspect into custody and seizing computers, plastic that could be used to make credit cards, magnetic strips and a cash machine, explained U.S. Secret Service spokesman Pedro Escandon.

Yet some Ridge Boulevard residents didn’t believe that their neighbor was simply mass producing bogus credit cards.

Matt Thompson, a retired cop, said the agents carefully wrapped all of the suspect’s computers and files with tape — strict procedures the FBI uses when investigating terror cases, he claimed.

“I guarantee it was terrorism,” Thompson said. “They’re probably just saying it was something different.”

One neighbor said the alleged identity thief, a man she described as Middle Eastern, was friendly, yet withdrawn.

“Nobody knew him,” the woman said. “When he moved in here, he said he was a computer designer.”

The early-morning raid woke up everyone on the usually quiet block, she said.

“I heard a banging at five o’clock in the morning,” the neighbor recalled. “I almost called 911 because I thought it was some drunk banging on the door.”

Escandon said the Ridge Boulevard resident was one of 19 people in nine states who routinely logged onto an online black market bazaar where identity thieves sold stolen credit card numbers and other personal information to each other.

The thieves put the stolen numbers on fake credit cards that they used to buy goods with or sold to others, Escandon explained.

Updated 5:31 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

ty from pps says:
Oh my lord... You're a journalist?! Can't you even bother to read Wikipedia or something before writing ridiculous crap?

The U.S. Secret Service has two distinct areas of responsibility:

Treasury roles, covering missions such as prevention and investigation of counterfeiting of U.S. currency and U.S treasury securities, and investigation of major fraud.[4]
Protective roles, ensuring the safety of current and former national leaders and their families, such as the President, past Presidents, Vice Presidents, presidential candidates, foreign embassies (per an agreement with the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) Office of Foreign Missions (OFM), etc.[5]

The Secret Service's initial responsibility was to investigate crimes related to the Treasury....
March 22, 2012, 6:21 pm
Pak from Bay Ridge says:
I assume there are more of them here in the City and possibly the neighborhood, Would really like to know where this goes and PPS is correct in the Service's mission.If they were grabbing a terrorist you would have seen FBI- think.but it could be part of something bigger.
March 28, 2012, 8:02 pm
Pak from Bay Ridge says:
I assume there are more of them here in the City and possibly the neighborhood, Would really like to know where this goes and PPS is correct in the Service's mission.If they were grabbing a terrorist you would have seen FBI- think.but it could be part of something bigger.
March 28, 2012, 8:02 pm
Pak from Bay Ridge says:
I assume there are more of them here in the City and possibly the neighborhood, Would really like to know where this goes and PPS is correct in the Service's mission.If they were grabbing a terrorist you would have seen FBI- think.but it could be part of something bigger.
March 28, 2012, 8:02 pm
Pak from Bay Ridge says:
I assume there are more of them here in the City and possibly the neighborhood, Would really like to know where this goes and PPS is correct in the Service's mission.If they were grabbing a terrorist you would have seen FBI- think.but it could be part of something bigger.
March 28, 2012, 8:02 pm
Pak from Bay Ridge says:
I assume there are more of them here in the City and possibly the neighborhood, Would really like to know where this goes and PPS is correct in the Service's mission.If they were grabbing a terrorist you would have seen FBI- think.but it could be part of something bigger.
March 28, 2012, 8:02 pm
Pak from Bay Ridge says:
I assume there are more of them here in the City and possibly the neighborhood, Would really like to know where this goes and PPS is correct in the Service's mission.If they were grabbing a terrorist you would have seen FBI- think.but it could be part of something bigger.
March 28, 2012, 8:02 pm

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