(WLNS) – Three people face felony charges in connection with a debit card fraud investigation that has been going on for months.
Michigan State Police troopers from the Jackson post and detectives from the Jackson County Sheriff’s office arrested three suspects on a variety of felony warrants, including using a “skimmer” to electronically capture financial information from debit cards.
The three suspects are all from the Detroit area. Arrested are (pictured clockwise from top) 40-year-old Tony Hormez of Oak Park, 42-year-old Souri Dinkha of Warren and 33-year-old Rani Markus of Madison Heights. They each face one felony count of running a criminal enterprise and five felony counts of illegally using a financial transaction device.
Investigators say over the last several months, the Michigan State Police
Jackson Post and Jackson County Sheriff Office received several reports of credit/debit card fraud. Police worked with Meijer Loss Prevention to identify the suspects. Many of the fraudulent purchases made with account numbers had been made in the Southeast Michigan area.
Police believe at this time there are over 300 victims with losses in excess of $100,000. During the course of these investigations, officers have found fraudulent activity that the account holders were not yet aware had occurred. Victims from these investigations were account holders of American One Federal Credit Union.
We’ll have more on this developing story on 6 News at 5 & 6.
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