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The Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force arrested a 15-year-old juvenile male on six counts of monetary instrument abuse and more charges are pending in an ongoing case that affects victims across the nation.
In mid-December 2018, the juvenile and an unidentified male suspect used dozens of cloned credit cards at two separate ATM locations in Bossier Parish to withdraw thousands of dollars in cash defrauding out-of-state victims across the United States. Detectives say there was a total of 665 attempted transactions at the ATMs; 241 transactions were approved for a total of $41,560 dollars stolen.
Detectives apprehended the juvenile during a surveillance operation shortly after he made some of those withdrawals at one of the ATMs.
Detectives found that the juvenile used a fake ID to obtain a motel room in Bossier City. They also located thousands of dollars in wire transfer receipts to Romania, Ireland, and Texas in the car the juvenile was driving. Detectives say the juvenile is Romanian with a last known address of Florida.
The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement have been notified of the case. Detectives with the Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force are sharing this information in an effort to alert financial institutions and other law enforcement agencies who may be working similar cases. Credit card holders are reminded to always practice credit card security and check accounts often.