The four Brazilian men arrested in Butler Twp. and accused of possessing sophisticated ATM skimming equipment and more than 400 counterfeit credit cards have been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Leonardo Wolf Targino, 19, Diego M. DaCosta, 31, Ricardo Carlos De Andrade, 38, and Sandro Lopes Trancoso Da Silva, 40, all face one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, according to an indictment returned Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.
In January, Dayton-area law enforcement said they saw the defendants conducting suspicious activity and initiated more surveillance in the Miller Lane area.
The four were found with three laptop computers, a magnetic stripe credit card encoder and more than 400 counterfeit credit cards, according to court documents.
The indictment shows the men rented vehicles in Florida and traveled throughout various states including North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.
While traveling, they received FedEx packages from Florida containing hundreds of counterfeit American Express, Master Card and Visa credit cards with pre-embossed alias names like “Richard Martin” and “Felipe Mello,” according to court documents. The defendants then allegedly encoded information onto the magnetic strips on the counterfeit cards.
The indictment alleges that the defendants would also secretly install ATM skimming devices and pinhole cameras on commercial ATMs in order to scan and obtain account names and numbers from unsuspecting credit and debit card holders.
The co-conspirators allegedly used their counterfeit credit cards to buy clothing, luggage, watches, jewelry, electronics, hotel accommodations, food, rental cars and other associated travel expenses. Some items were shipped back to Florida to be sold online, according to the indictment.