Ongoing investigation by MNPD Fraud detectives this week resulted in the arrests of seven persons accused of using stolen information that had been retrieved from skimmer devices to withdraw large amounts of cash from area ATMs.
Detectives yesterday observed Evengii Zubkov, 33, making withdrawals at Regions Bank’s ATM at 2111 Abbott Martin Road while his passenger, Ian Zubkov, 18, made withdrawals inside the bank. After a vehicle stop, the men, both from Russia, were taken into custody and charged with criminal simulation and identify theft. Seized from the car were 204 encoded debit cards and $22,899 cash. Evengii Zubkov is being held in lieu of $160,000 bond. Ian Zubkov remains jailed on $150,000 bond.
On Tuesday, Gevorg Sukiasyan, 38, and Avetis Greyan, both from Russia, were also observed at Regions Bank’s ATM at 2111 Abbott Martin Road making multiple withdrawals. When they drove out of the bank parking lot, Fraud detectives conducted a traffic stop. Seized from the vehicle were 199 encoded cards and $3,602 cash. Sukiasyan and Greyan are both charged with criminal simulation and identify theft. They are each being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.
Also on Tuesday, detectives were conducting surveillance at First Bank’s ATM at 2121 Abbott Martin Road when Albert Luca, 22, from Brazil, walked up to the ATM and attempted to use a card which was declined. He then walked to a nearby Kroger where he attempted to use two different cards at an ATM inside the store. Both were declined. Luca was taken into custody and charged with criminal simulation. Five gift cards were recovered from his person. Luca is free on $10,000 bond.
Fraud detectives on Monday received a tip that Alisson Oliveira, 22, and Dario Miranda, 30, both from Brazil, were illegally withdrawing thousands of dollars from First Bank’s ATM at 1817 West End Avenue. Both men were taken into custody and charged with criminal simulation and theft of property. They are both being held in lieu of $150,000 bond each.
FBI and Secret Service agents assisted in this ongoing investigation.