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TWO CHARGED WITH PLACING “SKIMMER” ON SPRINGDALE ATM TO STEAL BANK CARD INFORMATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013
http://www.justice.gov/usao/ohs
CONTACT: Fred Alverson
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CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury has indicted Dimitar Angelov, 28 and Dimitar Kolev, 26, both of Chicago, for placing an electronic scanning receiver, known as a “skimmer”, and a hidden camera on an ATM at a Springdale, Ohio bank in order to steal account information of customers using the ATM.

Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Mark Porter, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Secret Service and Springdale Police Chief Michael Mathis announced the indictment today following the arraignment hearing for both men.

The one-count indictment charges them each with fraud in connection with access devices, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

According to court documents, Springdale Police officers responded to a call on September 28, 2013 that two individuals had been sitting in a car parked in a lot adjacent to a credit union ATM. The subjects were seen individually walking to the ATM and returning to the vehicle. Springdale officers later approached the men and found evidence of possible credit card fraud.  Upon further investigation, law enforcement discovered the skimming device and a pinhole camera attached to the ATM.

Springdale officers and Secret Service agents arrested Angelov and Kolev on a federal complaint. They have been in custody since their arrest. The grand jury indicted them on October 16. They entered pleas today of not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Litkovitz, who ordered them held without bond pending trial. U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett will schedule a trial.

U.S. Attorney Stewart commended the cooperative ongoing investigation by Secret Service agents and Springdale officers, as well as the prompt action of nearby business owners. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Mangan is prosecuting the case.

An indictment contains allegations and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 

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