Charge ‘em! Two nabbed for phony credit cards

Card sharks: Cops recovered more than 700 blank credit cards, forged identification cards, and computer equipment that they say suspects used to encode stolen credit card information on to blank cards.
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Police have arrested two Brooklyn men who were allegedly ripping off credit card and cash machine users in Bath Beach.

Officers pinched Elvin Pineda of Gravesend and Luis Fernandez of Sunset Park on Oct. 15 as they were allegedly drilling into a cash machine inside the TD Bank in the Caesar’s Bay Shopping Center at 1:30 am, police said. Cops also found 72 Xanax pills on the pair, a criminal complaint states.

After arresting the men, detectives grilled them at the 62nd Precinct station house, and police say the suspects admitted they were taking parts from the machines to ship to China to help manufacture skimming devices a report states. When affixed to cash machines and other card readers, skimming devices capture bank card information of unwitting users that identity thieves use to duplicate bank cards and make unauthorized transactions.

Police say Pineda told them he had equipment for producing fake credit cards at his Bay 47th Street apartment. The department secured a warrant and searched the residence, finding sophisticated printers and embossing machines to turn sheets of plastic into legit-looking credit cards, the complaint states.

The two suspects were arraigned on Oct. 16, court records show.

Prosecutors are charging Fernandez and Pineda with criminal mischief, criminal tampering, and possession of a forged device. Pineda is facing hundreds of additional counts of possession of a forged device for the phony credit cards allegedly found in his apartment, the complaint states.

Pineda’s attorney declined to comment, and Fernandez’s attorney could not be reached for comment.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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