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5 Bulgarian Nationals Arrested In Montgomery County ATM Scam

LOWER PROVIDENCE Twp., Pa. (CBS) — Montgomery County authorities say they have broken up a multi-jurisdictional ATM skimmer scam landing five Bulgarian nationals behind bars on a $250,000 cash bail each.

Authorities allege the five men used skimmers and pinhole cameras to capture personal information from customers who used ATMs throughout Montgomery and Chester Counties between October and December of last year.

So far, authorities say they have more than 140 victims and the defendants made off with more than $134,000 in fraudulent withdrawals. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman says the unsuspecting bank customers would have no way of knowing the devices were there.

“It’s not until they check their accounts later and they find out their accounts have been compromised, and their accounts are compromised because the ATM machines themselves are compromised,” said Ferman

Skimming devices were found in rooms at a Lower Providence hotel where the five were taken into custody. Charges include corrupt organizations, identity theft and criminal conspiracy.

The Secret Service and Immigration Officials are also involved in the ongoing investigation.

Reported By Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio

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  • Christie

    I am not defending the five guys but a couple of the comments are a bit harsh and ignorant. First of all, let me inform you that majority of the immigrants in this country are LEGAL. They are required, just like all Americans, to pay taxes. So it’s not just Americans who contribute funds for welfare, healthcare, schooling, etc. Also, America does not allow just anybody to come here. In order to get a visa or a green card, a person has to provide bank statements and ample amount of property ownership in his/her home country way before one goes for and INTERVIEW at an US embassy.

    A little known fact: if a foreigner invests $1 million in the US, he/she automatically gets a green card that leads to a citizenship. Sounds like money-thirsty America, right?

    Also, every nation has its crooks but that does not make all the other citizens thieves, rapists, and muderes!
    Hey BC, do we also take Bernie Madoff, Arthur Andersen, Jared Loughner (the list can go on), and throw them out over that fence you proposed? They are American right? This nation was created my immigrants so we can’t throw them all out!

    Criminals, REGARDLESS OF NATIONALITY, should be punished, but please top blaming immigrants for all the problems in this country. Doubt that an American will get out in the burning heat to cut grass for $6/hour or clean his/her own house for $20. On the other hand, you proudly accept IMMIGRANT Nobel Laureates because “more than a third of American Nobel laureates in the sciences over the last 15 years were born outside the U.S. These scientists are conducting research with extraordinary promise for improving lives, as well as great potential to produce commercialized therapies and technologies that drive U.S. innovation and economic growth.”

    Before everyone starts pointing fingers and making ignorant statements, stop, think, and do a little research on the issue.

    And yes, I am an immigrant but I am not a rapist or a murderer, but an economist with a PhD.

  • Guess Who

    The Immigration Act of 1965 will be the death of this country. Thank you, Teddy. Enjoy your dirt nap.

  • Bill

    I TOTALLY 100% agree with both of you. Couldn’t agree more….

  • BC

    America has become the dumping ground of the world. Anybody from anywhere can come, get on welfare, get free healthcare and schooling, while the rest of us pay for it. Bulgarians, Mexicans, Guatemalens, who cares? Throw them all out and build a very high fence to keep them out. This is what you get – thieves, rapists, murderers, and everything else. Look at the hispanic gangs in California. They control whole cities. No end in sight.

  • Nostromo

    Our Nation’s immigration policy, particularly involving the enforcement end of the matter, is a joke.

    Gangs such as this and MS-13 are deadly. We treat these infractions as we would line-jumping at Dorney Park.

    We, collectively, are the biggest suckers on the globe.

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