Florida Pair Arrested in Maine for Huge Credit-Debit Scam
State Police are urging Mainers to check their bank statements, after two Florida men were arrested in Maine for a huge debit-credit card scam.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says State Police this week initiated an investigation on 'skimmed' debit and bank account information from financial institutions in and around southern Maine. Troopers Matt Gray and Jarod Stedman learned of fraudulent purchases made in Dover, Guilford, Dexter, and Milo. Their investigation led them to two men from the Miami, Florida area.
Police say Ariel Perez-Calvo and Roberto Rodriguez used the stolen bank information to create fictitious debit cards and make purchases throughout Maine at Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Hannaford stores, among others. The purchases generally were prepaid Visa cards. Troopers tracked the pair to Portland on Wednesday where Perez was arrested waiting to board a flight back to Miami. Rodriguez was arrested at a hotel in the Old Port.
The investigation is continuing to determine the full extent of the scam, but officials say it's likely tens of thousands of dollars were involved from credit and debit cards issued through several Maine banks and credit unions. State Police urge account holders to check their banking statements for any fraudulent transactions involving purchases of $300 to $450 at Rite Aid, Hannaford, or Walgreen stores between 1/7 and 1/13. If suspect charges are found on your account, police say you should contact your financial institution to report the theft.
State Police were assisted by Police Departments in Portland, Brewer, and Dover-Foxcroft, along with the Immigration Customs Enforcement.
If anyone has any information in relation to this case, they're urged to contact Troopers Matt Gray or Jarod Stedman at the State Police Barracks in Bangor at (207) 973-3700.