Miami ATM fraud a growing problem; defendants face theft and computer fraud charges, victims left to deal with identity theft

A Delray Beach man is facing charges in connection with a South Florida ATM skimming operation, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The 31-year-old defendant was arrested on South Beach and charged with computer fraud, identity theft and other crimes. A Miami criminal defense attorney experienced in defending clients against computer crimes in South Florida will carefully review the evidence in this case. What authorities suspect and what they can prove are frequently two different things. Obtaining proof of computer crimes is often a complex process. Defendants are best served by declining to make any statements to law enforcement. As this story notes, the defendant and an alleged accomplice were stopped two years ago. While it’s unclear whether either was ever convicted of a crime, neither was sentenced to prison.

Those victimized by an ATM skimmer should consult a Miami law firm experienced with representing victims of fraud and identity theft. Once you believe someone has gained access to your bank accounts or personal information, you typically have a very short amount of time to notify the authorities and protect your rights before being held responsible for the damages that result.

The defendant allegedly attached skimmers to ATMs across South Florida and made off with tens of thousands of dollars. A partner in Southern California is accused of using the devices to steal more than $70,000. Authorities say the skimming thefts are a growing concern. While the average high-risk bank robbery results in a take of about $5,000 to $10,000, the average ATM skimming operation can net $50,000 to $100,000.

Officers from Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton and Miami Beach arrested the suspect on South Beach. He is charged with three counts of fraud under $20,000, theft of between $300 and $5,000; two counts of ATM fraud and identity theft; one count of computer fraud and one count of an organized scheme to defraud.

The skimmers are attached to ATM machines and record card and security code information. In the latest series of attacks, ATMs were targeted in Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach and Boca Raton.

One bank reported 28 accounts had been compromised and $44,702 had been pulled from accounts before authorities managed to pull the plug.