Flor­ida men ac­cused of us­ing credit card skim­mers in West­lake

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff re­port

Two Flor­ida men claim­ing to be va­ca­tion­ing in Ohio were ar­rested for an al­leged use of credit card skim­mers.

Erik M. Car­de­nas and Ar­turo A. Pompa Marin, both 23-year-old men from Or­lando, were charged with en­gag­ing in a pat­tern of cor­rupt ac­tiv­ity, a sec­ond­de­gree felony, ac­cord­ing to a West­lake po­lice news re­lease.

Of­fi­cers at 8:27 p.m. Dec. 3 stopped to check a sus­pi­cious oc­cu­pied ve­hi­cle just sit­ting in the lot of Red Roof Inn, 29595 Cle­mens Road.

The two males in the

On­line: Ohio in­fant deaths de­crease, but racial dis­par­ity con­tin­ues. MORN­INGJOUR­NAL.COM/OHIO SUV, Car­de­nas and Pompa Marin, said that they were from Flor­ida and were “va­ca­tion­ing” in Cleve­land to see the snow.

The of­fi­cer noted that there was no snow on the ground.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the duo had nu­mer­ous fraud­u­lent credit cards as well as var­i­ous driver’s li­censes with real and fic­ti­tious names, the re­lease said.

A check of their ho­tel room re­vealed high-tech credit card skim­mers as well as other tools to steal oth­ers card in­for­ma­tion and make fraud­u­lent cards, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The type of skim­ming de­vices re­cov­ered of­ten are sur­rep­ti­tiously in­stalled in gaso­line pumps and al­low thieves to cap­ture vic­tims’ card in­for­ma­tion.

Both sub­jects are be­ing held on $150,000 bonds at the West­lake City Jail.

They must ap­pear at 9:45 a.m. Dec. 12 in Rocky River Mu­nic­i­pal Court.

Pompa Marin

Car­de­nas

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