Two men charged with 10 crimes for gas station credit card skimmers

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Where scammers are installing pinhole cameras at the pump. (Green Bay Police Dept. photo)
Where scammers are installing pinhole cameras at the pump. (Green Bay Police Dept. photo)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Two men accused in a credit card skimming operation in Brown County appeared in court Wednesday, as prosecutors revealed new information about the case.

Leonardo Paredes-Chacin and Orlando Santaella-Romero are each charged with 10 crimes.

According to the criminal complaints, police found at least 10 names and credit card numbers when they searched the suspects’ laptop computer and cell phones.

Authorities say the men installed skimming devices inside gas pumps at two Green Bay gas stations. The information was used for 40 different transactions.

Skimming devices intercept information from a credit card. Because it’s inside the gas pump, it’s almost impossible to detect.

The manager of a west-side gas station discovered the skimming device after a credit card reader on a pump malfunctioned, and he noticed lights inside the pump he shouldn’t have seen. Police removed the skimming device and planted a decoy, and waited for someone to come and retrieve it.

Police say the men recorded victims entering their PINs by using a hidden camera disguised in a casing that looked like part of the gas pump.