OAK PARK — Police uncovered a credit card cloning workshop set up in an Oakland County apartment building this week, a report from ClickonDetroit said.
The operation involved three men and banks across Metro Detroit, authorities said.
The three men, Ion Florin Opruio, Catalin Puscasu and Ciprian Viorel Vartolomei, are accused of stealing more than $200,000 between September 2018 and March 2019 from banks across southeast Michigan by using cloned credit cards and withdrawing money from ATMs.
Several victims across Metro Detroit have complained that unauthorized ATM withdrawals were being made from their bank accounts in cities including Shelby Township and Livonia.
During a search of Vartolomei’s apartment on West Nine Mile Road, which was rented under a fake name, police said they found the following:
-About 505 cloned access devices with suspected PINs written on them.
-Nearly $80,000 in cash.
-Multiple counterfeit devices used to make deep-insert skimmers and similar equipment.
-Tools for creating counterfeit access device equipment.
-Bank records showing accounts made in the fake names of Eric Rene Fuss, Dumitru Movradin, Bjorn Ove Sibgjornsen and Jean Francois Margelli.
-Documents showing Vartolomei and Puscasu had control over the apartment.
A room in the apartment was set up as a workshop to manufacture counterfeit access device equipment, police said.
The investigation was carried out by members of the U.S. Secret Service, Homeland Security and the Southeast Michigan Financial Crimes Task Force, from an investigation that began in September, officials said.
Vartolomei has been charged with access device fraud, possession of device-making equipment and aggravated identity theft.
Puscasu is charged with access device fraud, possession of device-making equipment and aggravated identity theft. Oproiu is charged with access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. Government officials plan to order the men to forfeit all proceeds from their scheme, the report said.