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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Guilty Plea in Scheme to Steal & Use Personal Identifying Information from ATMs

More than 1,300 individuals’ debit cards compromised resulting in losses of more than $709,000

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Moises Morales Cano, 31, of Astoria, N.Y., pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence, R.I., today to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, admitting to his role in a scheme to manipulate bank ATM machines. The scheme resulted in the theft of personal information skimmed from debit cards belonging to more than 1,300 individuals and the loss of more than $709,000.

Appearing before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., Moises Morales Cano admitted to the court that between January 1 and April 4, 2015, he conspired with another individual to attach skimming devices on ATMs at banks in several communities in Rhode Island and Connecticut. According to information presented to the court, approximately 1,329 individuals had their debit cards compromised resulting in a total loss of approximately $709,597.50. 

An ATM skimming device is a technology that directly attaches to an ATM in order to intercept unknowing customers’ debit card information from the magnetic strip on ATM cards.  The stolen information and PINs are downloaded and re-encoded onto counterfeit debit cards. The counterfeit debit cards are used to make fraudulent transactions from the accounts of unknowing victims.

Cano’s guilty plea is announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Ted A. Arruda, Resident Agent in Charge of the Providence office of the U.S. Secret Service, and Warwick Police Chief Colonel Stephen M. McCartney.

Cano has been detained in federal custody since his arrest in Queens, N.Y., on September 9, 2015. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 20, 2016.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee H. Vilker.

The matter was investigated by the United States Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Secret Service, and the Warwick Police Department, with the assistance of the Smithfield, East Providence, Cranston, and Johnston Police Departments.

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
Component(s): 
Press Release Number: 
16-39
Updated May 3, 2016