Mar 26 , 2010

ATM tampering ring smashed in Durham

OSHAWA--A 10-month project focusing on a small group who were manufacturing, distributing and using sophisticated ATM fraud devices has prevented over $1 million in financial losses.

Project Kaiser began in the summer of 2009 by the DRPS and O.P.P. and focused on a small group of suspects who were manufacturing, distributing and using ATM overlay devices and pinhole cameras specifically designed for certain models of ATMs. The devices were being used across the GTA and were also being sold to other criminal networks in Ontario.

The project was initiated by the DRPS Fraud Unit after several of the devices were found in ATMs in Durham Region. Assisting the project was the O.P.P. Identity Crime Unit.

Six people were arrested in simultaneous raids in Vaughan, Barrie and Newmarket on March 18th. These raids were supported by the DRPS Offender Management Unit, the O.P.P. Identity Crimes Unit, and the York Regional Police and the Barrie Police. The five males and one female accused are now facing a combined 80 charges. A summary is attached.

Approximately 110 ATM overlay and pinhole camera devices were recovered. Each device represents a potential $80,000 to $100,000 loss for a bank. Hundreds of debit cards and thousands of pieces of compromised electronic data were also seized.

Officers seized three vehicles worth an estimated $160,000 under Proceeds of Crime legislation: a 2010 Porsche Cayenne; a 2010 Dodge Magnum and a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. As well, officers seized a large amount of other items worth an estimated $100,000, including power tools, electronic games, liquor and other property associated with the suspects. Officers also recovered six baseball caps, two wigs and various sunglasses used to disguise appearances near the ATM security cameras.

“Identity theft and accessing personal electronic accounts is a growing concern for law enforcement agencies across the world,” says DRPS Superintendent of Regional Support Jim Douglass, “The amount of money that potentially can be made is staggering, but the good news is our ability to detect and investigate these crimes is also growing.”

Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact Det. Jay Shaddick of the DRPS Fraud Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5281.



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