Crime

These three people admitted using ATM skimmers in South Mississippi

Claudio Fontes Ferreira, Rodrigo D. Ferrareze, Taise Braganca Moscon were convicted or skimmer crimes in federal court in Gulfport. They admitted putting skimmer devices at Keesler Federal Credit Union ATMs in Ocean Springs and Gulfport in 2017. They owe Keesler more than $46,000.
Claudio Fontes Ferreira, Rodrigo D. Ferrareze, Taise Braganca Moscon were convicted or skimmer crimes in federal court in Gulfport. They admitted putting skimmer devices at Keesler Federal Credit Union ATMs in Ocean Springs and Gulfport in 2017. They owe Keesler more than $46,000. Harrison County Adult Detention Center

Claudio Fontes Ferreira, Rodrigo D. Ferrareze and Taise Braganca Moscon pleaded guilty Tuesday to access device fraud, the Southern District of Mississippi’s Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

According to the release, Ferreira, 30, Ferrareze, 37, and Moscon, 26, were stopped by police Dec. 7 after being connected to skimmer on a Keesler Federal Credit Union ATM on Automall Parkway in D’Iberville.

An investigation revealed the ATM had a skimmer on it and the top flap privacy shield was cut off so a camera placed above the keypad could steal PIN numbers.

During a search of the trio’s Lincoln Navigator, law enforcement found glue, black electrical and double-sided tape, box cutters, credit cards in alias names, a card with sand paper attached to it, other credit cards, gift cards and a micro SD card.

The Sun Herald previously reported Ferreira was photographed wearing a black New Orleans Saints hat when he hooked up a skimmer device on Dec. 6. He reportedly put black tape on the ATM camera lens and cut off the shield to place the camera above the keypad. The previous report stated Ferreira and Ferrareze installed the skimmer at 7:11 p.m. and returned four hours later to remove it.

Homeland Security Investigators originally questioned Ferreira with the help of a Portuguese interpreter. He had a Brazilian credit card in the name of Michael Stanford, the HSI agent said in the affidavit.

Moscon identified herself as a maid and rents a room in Pompano Beach, Florida, and knows the two men from visiting local clubs, according to the affidavit.

The trio will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden on June 6 at 9:30 a.m. They each face a maximum sentences of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.

Eric Vitale, fraud investigation specialist with the San Luis Obispo Police Department, demonstrates how to spot a card skimmer on an ATM, gas pump or other card reader. He also offers advice for keeping your PIN and card information safe.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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