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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Joint law enforcement efforts bust fraud ring

On Saturday, November 6th, agents and officers from the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Taskforce (ECTF), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), King County Sheriff ‘s Office, Seattle Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, Kirkland Police Department, and Lynnwood Police Department participated in an operation to break up a fraud scam.  Their goal was to locate and arrest suspects involved in placing skimming devices on bank ATMs and using the skimmed card information to make fraudulent ATM withdrawals and point of sale purchases.
As a result of this surveillance operation, one suspect in a skimming incident that occurred in Newcastle on November 4th was located and arrested.  That suspect was booked into custody at the Kirkland Police Department. 
Two other suspects in several bank ATM skimming incidents in the Puget Sound area were located after being followed and seen placing a skimming device on a bank ATM in Puyallup. The suspects left and their vehicle was later stopped in Renton where they were taken into custody. 

In the last two months, the greater eastside has been hit with losses exceeding $400,000 in ATM skimming by this group. Both suspects are being held on $250,000 bail at King County Jail. Two vehicles involved in the illegal activity were seized and are being held as evidence at the Bellevue Police Department.  The regional investigation continues.

"This is certainly a step in the right direction and puts a dent in illegal skimming of ATM cards. The coordinated efforts of this operation with all the officers and agents involved should be commended", stated Bellevue Deputy Police Chief Cherie Baker.

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