Crime

They went to ATMs on the Coast but had no intention of withdrawing cash, feds say

Claudio Fontes Ferreira, Rodrigo D. Ferrareze, Taise Braganca Moscon
Claudio Fontes Ferreira, Rodrigo D. Ferrareze, Taise Braganca Moscon

Security cameras at credit unions in Gulfport and D’Iberville photographed a driver in a rental car when he put a skimmer device on ATMs, court papers say.

The driver and two other Florida residents are accused of committing access-device crimes in Harrison County in a nine-day period before their arrests on Dec. 7.

Rodrigo D. Ferrareze, 30, identified himself as an information technology worker, a Homeland Security Investigations agent said in an affidavit.

Passengers arrested with him are Claudio Fontes Ferreira, also known as Michael Camargo Stanford, 30; and Taise Braganca Moscon, aka Stephanie Golsanves Stanford, 26.

Ferreira allegedly was photographed with Ferrareze on Dec. 6, when Ferrareze installed a skimmer device on an ATM at Keesler Federal Credit Union in Gulfport on U.S. 49 near Ashley Drive.

Ferrareze was wearing a black New Orleans Saints hat when he hooked up a skimmer device capable of recording customer names, account numbers and personal identification numbers on debit cards and credit cards, the HSI agent said.

He reportedly put black tape on the ATM camera lens and cut off the privacy shield so a small camera placed above it could read numbers entered on the keypad.

The two men arrived in a Lincoln Navigator and installed the skimmer at 7:11 p.m. and returned to take it off four hours later, the agent said.

The next day, a D’Iberville police officer saw the Navigator at an ATM at the Keesler Federal Credit Union on Automall Parkway. The officer stopped the vehicle and took all three into custody.

The bank shut down the ATM and HSI joined the investigation.

HSI said a search of the vehicle revealed a black New Orleans Saints hat, cell phones, 10 credit cards in the name of Michael Stanford (Ferreira), four credit cards in the name of Stephanie Stanford (Moscon), nine credit cards in another name and gift cards.

Also in the vehicle were a micro SD card, miscellaneous documents including a KFCU deposit envelope, a box cutter and other items used to install a skimmer.

Ferrareze identified himself as a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Ferreira, questioned with the help of a Portuguese interpreter, had a false Brazilian credit card in the name of Michael Stanford, the agent said.

Moscon said she is a maid and rents a room in Pompano Beach, Florida, and knows the two men from visiting local clubs, according to the affidavit.

A federal grand jury indicted them Wednesday on charges of conspiracy and possession of device-making equipment.

In court hearings on Friday, they were each denied bond and received a trial date on a court calendar that starts Jan. 16, 2018.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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