Ro­ma­nian man ar­rested, ac­cused of credit card fraud

The Oklahoman - - NEWS -

An Ok­la­homa bank is out thou­sands of dollars af­ter a Ro­ma­nian man ad­mit­ted to mak­ing mul­ti­ple ATM trans­ac­tions us­ing re-en­coded credit cards, po­lice said.

About 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, an em­ployee at BancFirst, 1111 N Lin­coln Blvd., con­tacted po­lice about a man try­ing to use “fraud­u­lent credit cards” at the ATM. The em­ployee called back to say the man, later iden­ti­fied as Dra­gos Con­stantin Badea, had walked away.

Of­fi­cers were able to lo­cate Badea, 40, less than half a mile away at a MidFirst Bank ATM.

In his wal­let, po­lice found five sil­ver Visa credit cards with pin num­bers writ­ten on the front of the cards. A Ro­ma­nian ID card, a per­sonal credit card, a ho­tel room key and $755 in cash also were found in the wal­let, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

Po­lice said the mag­netic strip on the cards had been re-en­coded with a dif­fer­ent ac­count num­ber than the card orig­i­nally had.

A BancFirst em­ployee told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that they had been no­ti­fied by se­cu­rity at branches in Moore and Nor­man of fraud­u­lent credit cards used at ATMs by Badea.

Dur­ing a search of Badea’s ho­tel room, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found about $15,000 in cash, a com­puter and a list of ad­dresses. Badea told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he made 15 to 20 ATM trans­ac­tions on Wednesday, start­ing in Moore and end­ing in Ok­la­homa City. He said the accounts from which the money was with­drawn did not be­long to him, ac­cord­ing to a court af­fi­davit.

An of­fi­cer noted that BancFirst’s loss was over $22,000.

U.S. Se­cret Ser­vice agents were no­ti­fied of the case and col­lected all ev­i­dence re­lated to the sus­pected fraud, po­lice said.

Badea was taken to the Ok­la­homa County jail on com­plaints of un­law­ful use of a credit card, unau­tho­rized use of a com­puter and en­gag­ing in crim­i­nal of­fenses in two or more coun­ties. He is be­ing held in lieu of $14,000 bail, jail records show.

Dra­gos Con­stantin Badea

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