Three Florida Residents Plead Guilty to ATM Fraud
Gulfport, Miss. – Claudio Fontes Ferreira, 30, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, Rodrigo D. Ferrareze, 37, of Delray Beach, Florida, and Taise Braganca Moscon, 26, of Pompano, Florida, each pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to access device fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Thomas M. Annello, Acting Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in New Orleans.
On December 7, 2017, the defendants were stopped in a Lincoln Navigator with Florida tags after being at a Keesler Federal Credit Union Automated Teller Machine ("ATM") on Automall Parkway in D’Iberville, Mississippi. The ATM was found to have a skimmer on it and had been altered with the top flap privacy shield being cut off so a camera placed above could observe the ATM key pad where customers enter their account PIN numbers. A search of the Lincoln Navigator resulted in the finding of access device equipment, to include but not limited to, glue, black electrical and double-sided tape and box cutters, credit cards in alias names, a card with sand paper attached to the card, and other credit cards, gift cards, and a micro SD card.
The defendants will be sentenced by Judge Ozerden on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. They each face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.