Hospital ATM Skimmer Suspect Arrested
Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
703-246-2253. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-246-4253
January 29, 2013
Hospital ATM Skimmer Suspect Arrested
Detectives arrested Ioan Cicio, 39, 2230 George C. Marshall Drive, Falls Church, at around noon on Monday, January 28, 2013 in connection with the skimming of ATM cards at bank machines at local hospitals. Cicio was charged with three counts of possession of credit card forgery devices (skimmers), three counts of credit card theft, two counts of credit card fraud and one count of money laundering. The investigation is ongoing and there may be additional charges as well as additional suspect arrests forthcoming.
Police tracked down Cicio after he was identified in surveillance video linked to a compromised ATM card belonging to the Fairfax City Local 2702 Fire Association in September 2012. With the assistance of detectives from the Fairfax City Police Department and the United States Postal Service, the card was tracked purchasing gift cards from a Home Depot in Falls Church and then used to buy custom-made carpeting and high-end faucets.
Detectives executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home on Thursday, January 24 and recovered numerous items including skimmer devices, cameras, and computers. Police received reports from over a dozen victims that may have had their bank cards compromised at hospital ATM machines in recent months.
“Detectives did an outstanding job of putting together extensive documents, numerous tips and video in this complex investigation; it was a tremendous amount of work,” said Lieutenant Tony Matos, supervisor of the Fairfax County Police Financial Crimes Unit. Lieutenant Matos added that financial crimes are on the rise and are increasingly common. Last year, the public reported almost 3,000 cases over the agency’s Financial Crimes electronic reporting site. The site is used to report cases of identity theft, embezzlement, credit card theft and fraud, construction and check fraud.
(11/29/12) UPDATE: Suspect Hits Two Hospital ATMs This Week
Police responded to two reports of skimmer devices attached to ATMs at local hospitals this week.
One was discovered on the same ATM located near the lobby gift shop at Inova Fairfax Hospital on Tuesday, November 27. A hospital employee noticed that the input slot for the card was loose and wobbly; when she inserted her bank card, the device fell off. She immediately reported it to security, who contacted police. Detectives feel that the device may have been on the machine for weeks and urge anyone who used the machine to monitor their financial statements closely.
A second device was discovered on a machine located in the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital lobby adjacent to the cafeteria on Wednesday, November 28 around 1 p.m. A hospital security guard discovered the device after being notified of the prior incident. Neither of these bank machines are either owned or “monitored” by Inova staff. They are located on hospital property but banking institutions are responsible for their maintenance and management.
Detectives urge consumers who may have used either of these machines in recent weeks to check their bank statements closely. If they detect inconsistencies in their transactions, they should contact their bank and the police.
(Sept. 13)Suspects Hit Cardiac Care Center ATM
Mason Police District – Police responded to the Inova Fairfax Hospital Cardiac Care Center yesterday where they removed a skimmer from the ATM machine located in the lobby near the gift shop. They believe thieves attached the skimmer to the machine in late August and have been stealing thousands from unsuspecting employees, patients, friends and family members at the hospital.
Financial crimes detectives were alerted to an issue when they began to receive complaints that ATM cards were being used fraudulently to purchase groceries, expensive coffees, and, primarily, to get cash from other ATM machines. An alert customer spotted the skimming device on the machine and contacted hospital security who immediately called police on Wednesday, September 13. Detectives are investigating four cases now but feel that there are many more victims that have not checked their statements yet and may be unaware they’ve been victimized.
Police report that this crime is on the rise and they urge those that have used the machine in late August through September 12, 2012 to check their statements closely. If they detect a discrepancy, they should contact their bank and police at 703-691-2131. They may also make an online report or learn more about financial crime scams at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/financialcrimes/.
There have been no arrests in these cases yet and the investigations are ongoing.