More than 400 cloned debit cards and $33,000 of cash was recovered during a rash of identity theft arrests in Nashville over the past week.
In total, seven suspects have been arrested across four busts. Authorities have not said definitely if the crimes are related, but four of the suspects allegedly used the same scheme at the same bank only a few days apart. Another was arrested while trying to use a different ATM on the same block.
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The FBI and Secret Service assisted in the investigation, which is ongoing, according to a new release.
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The largest bust came Friday when police arrested Evengii Markovich Zubkov, 33, and Ian Markovich Zubkov, 18, both of Russia, while investigating illegally encoded debit cards that had been used at several Regions Bank branches in the area.
According to court records, police caught the suspects by using security footage from one of the banks to identify their vehicle, then spotting it at a drug store in southwest Nashville on Friday.
Detectives followed as the vehicle drove to another Regions Bank, then contacted the bank staff, who were able to watch in real-time as the suspects used multiple cards to withdraw money from a drive-up ATM.
Police pulled the car over as it left the bank and arrested the suspects. A search of the vehicle discovered 204 recoded cards and $22,899 in cash, court documents state.
Both men have been charged of identity theft trafficking and criminal simulation of at least $10,000. Evengii Zubkov, faces an additional charge of criminal simulation of $1,000 or less. Both suspects are scheduled to appear in court later this month.
Police also arrested two other Russian men, Gevorg Sukiasyan and Avetis Greyan, both 38, who are accused of committing a very similar crime at the same bank three days prior.
Police also pulled over their car as the left the bank on Tuesday, finding 199 cloned cards and $3,602 cash. At least some of the money and cash was hidden beneath the “passenger seat floorboard,” according to court records.
That same day, elsewhere on the same block, police arrested Albert Luca, 22, of Brazil, who allegedly attempted to use cloned cards to withdraw money at two different ATMs.
Finally, police arrested two more suspects – Alisson Oliveira, 22, and Dario Miranda, 30, both from Brazil – who are accused of illegally withdrawing thousands of dollars an ATM in the West End area. The suspects were caught Monday with about $7,000 in cash and 22 encoded gift cards, court records state.
Brett Kelman is a reporter for The Tennessean. He can be reached at 615-259-8287 or at email@example.com.
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