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2 Cuban nationals allegedly stole 5,000 credit card numbers using skimmers, went shopping

Posted at 3:31 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-16 15:31:32-05

Two Cuban nationals are facing federal charges for allegedly using skimmers to steal credit card information and then going on a shopping spree across Northeast Ohio.

Silvio Leon, 45, and Pablo Arrechavaleta, 41, have been charged with conspiracy to commit access device fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The two suspects installed credit card skimmers at gas stations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Colorado and Iowa between 2016 and 2018, authorities said.

After obtaining the credit card numbers, authorities say the duo created fake cards with the stolen information. The two then used the cards to make purchases in Mentor, Canton, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Falls and Oakwood Village, authorities said.

The suspects had stolen information from around 5,000 accounts when they were arrested, authorities said.

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