FBI and Torrance police officials coordinated the arrests of five people for identity theft. The agencies raided a Hollywood apartment where they found three of four suspects named in a warrant. The agencies are seeking a fourth individual, who was not present at the time of the raid.
Police also arrested two other individuals at the scene, saying that they were the subjects of a forthcoming complaint. Investigators say the men used an elaborate “shimming” device to capture encoded banking data from chip-enabled ATM cards. Authorities say the group planted the shimming devices in ATMs across Southern California. During the raid, agents seized a large amount of cash and ATM equipment.
A shimmer is similar to a skimmer, except that it targets encoded information on a chip-enabled credit or debit card. Thieves use the information to create a magnetic stripe version of a chip enabled card. The group faces federal charges, including conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Los Angeles identity theft attorney
When you face federal identity-related crimes, hire an experienced identity theft attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Federal authorities have a particular interest in prosecuting identity crimes. That’s because identity crimes often support or lead to other criminal activity. Both federal and state authorities can prosecute identity crimes.
Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. When this isn’t possible, he will work aggressively to deliver the best possible outcome in your case.
Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney, or one who doesn’t want to fight for you. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County identity theft case.
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