LPSO: 3 from Romania, 3 juveniles arrested in card skimming scheme

LPSO: 3 from Romania, 3 juveniles arrested in card skimming scheme

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Three people from Romania have been arrested in connection with an identity theft case in Livingston Parish.

“We learned several Romanian suspects were in Livingston Parish and a neighboring parish using several counterfeit credit cards to withdraw funds from bank ATMs. The credit cards used by the suspects were skimmed at local gas stations,” said Sheriff Jason Ard.

Several suspects arrested in connection with an identity theft case in Livingston Parish

Through an investigation with the U.S. Secret Service, detectives were able to identify the suspects and a suspect vehicle.

“On Mar. 11, 2019, an LPSO detective spotted the suspect vehicle at a Walker convenience store. Three suspects were taken into custody. As part of the investigation, detectives located 191 counterfeit credit cards and almost $4,000 in cash,” Ard said.

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The following people are currently behind bars in the Livingston Parish Detention Center:

  • Mihaela Stancu
Mihaela Stancu, DOB: 10/11/1994
Mihaela Stancu, DOB: 10/11/1994 (LPSO)
  • Antonio Serdaru
Antonio Serdaru, DOB: 1/31/2000
Antonio Serdaru, DOB: 1/31/2000 (LPSO)
  • Peter Stancu
Peter Stancu, DOB: 3/11/1999
Peter Stancu, DOB: 3/11/1999 (LPSO)

The following individual has also been charged, but is no longer incarcerated:

Ileana Tomescu

  • Principal to Anti-Skimming Act
  • Bank fraud
  • Monetary instrument abuse
  • Identity theft
Ileana Tomescu
Ileana Tomescu (LPSO)

“One of the charges you’ll see is the Anti-Skimming Act. Some suspects were charged with this for using counterfeit credit cards that were encoded with skimmed account information to withdraw funds without authorization of the account holders. Because of the nature of this case, no more can be provided. Special thanks to the U.S. Secret Service for working with us so closely and to my team for their tireless efforts at combating crime,” Ard said.

Three juveniles were also involved in the scheme, LPSO officials say. All three remain in state custody.

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