PORT OF SPAIN — A multi-million-dollar bank card fraud racket in which fraudsters had been stealing millions from unsuspecting victims for more than a year was busted on Monday morning after police swooped down on a home at Millennium Park in Trincity.
A detailed police report obtained by the Express about the operation stated that instruments to create fraudulent driver’s permits, passports and ID cards were recovered.
During the operation, police arrested a 32-year-old woman with her boyfriend and two other men from La Horquetta and Trincity.
The woman, who carries the initials SB and her boyfriend PM, who also has several aliases, were the main masterminds behind this operation, according to senior sources in the Fraud Squad.
Police say they had been tracking the woman long before this operation started and later discovered that her boyfriend “PM” resided in the US before moving back to Trinidad something ago with fake US identities.
During the operation, however, SB told acting Sgt Smith, “I know this is my house so I responsible for what in here but is my boyfriend P…. (name called) who bring all them thing in here. I only responsible for the clothes on this table.”
PM later admitted to Smith, “These items are mine. S….. (name called) has nothing to do with this. Somebody wanted a driver’s permit to use so I was making it for them. I will handle my responsibilities. I will give one statement on everything when you all are finished.”
The Express understands that the woman and her co-conspirators were under surveillance for over a year after a file was passed on by the Financial Intelligence Unit to the Criminal Gang Intelligence Unit when questionable and erratic bank transactions were uncovered islandwide.
The operation was spearheaded by Acting Senior Supt Edwards from the Criminal Intelligence Gang and included Sgt Sutherland along with Acting Sgt Smith with the help of the Inter-Agency Task Force.
Among the items police recovered were a credit card skimmer used to capture the information from customers’ authentic credit cards which is later duplicated onto a dummy card, which is then used by fraudsters.
The information is usually captured from the magnetic strip of a real bank card once it is swiped onto the skimmer. (Express)