Two more suspects are facing charges in an alleged scheme to steal ATM card data from unwitting customers in eastern Massachusetts. One man had nearly $100,000 in cash when he was arrested, authorities said today.
Anton Venkov, 40, of Toronto, was arrested Thursday by the Secret Service in Boston and charged with using counterfeit bank account access codes and aiding and abetting the plot. He has not entered a plea and has a detention hearing scheduled for Feb. 2 in federal court. Authorities say he had $99,100 in $20 bills in his car when he was arrested.
Another alleged thief, Vladislav Vladev, 36, of Quincy, was arrested Thursday at Logan International Airport while trying to fly to Germany, Norfolk County prosecutors said. He was arraigned in Quincy District Court today on larceny and identity fraud charges relating to a theft from a Milton ATM. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $1 million cash bail. He has a hearing scheduled for Monday.
Prosecutors say Venkov, Vladev, and Ivaylo Hristov, 28, of Ontario, whose arrest was announced Thursday, stole debit and credit card data and PIN numbers by placing scanner devices and hidden cameras in ATM machines at several locations. Authorities believe they have stolen at least $100,000 from customers at Citizens Bank and other institutions.
Hristov was also charged in the Milton theft today and ordered held on $500,000 cash bail. He was charged Thursday in a case in Quincy and ordered held on $1 million cash bail. He is due back in Quincy District Court Monday.
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