Accused Card Skimmer Expected in Federal Court
CHARLESTON, SC (BRODIE HART, WTAT-TV) — One of two people accused of skimming money from gas pumps all along the I-95 corridor is scheduled to make an appearance in federal court Thursday.
Officials believe this was a pretty large-scale operation – especially after police found about $35,000 and card skimmers in the couples car last month.
Right now 46-year-old Alberto Yordan is at the Al Cannon Detention Center but will be brought to federal court along Broad Street in downtown Charleston.
Katty Rios is also accused in the card skimming scam, but she does not yet have a court date.
Police say the pair placed devices at gas stations all up and down I-95 and potentially in the Lowcountry.
Yemassee police initially pulled the couple over for a traffic violation on September 28th. Along with the cash discovery, police say they found credit cards and eight devices used to steal credit card numbers and financial information straight from gas pumps.
At this point federal agents are still trying to narrow down just how many cases of credit card theft Yordan and Rios are connected with, but officials already confirm they have stolen financial information from several gas stations near the Yemassee area.
Meantime, in an affidavit, police say they asked Yordan what his primary means of employment was and he told them “working the credit cards”.
Now, he’s expected in federal court in downtown Charleston at 1:00 p.m.