2 arrested in Greenwood in connection with credit card skimming operation spanning several states

GREENWOOD, Ind. -- Johnson County prosecutors say a sophisticated credit card skimming operation is now broken up.

Prosecutors say skimmers made in Greenwood were being used in Indianapolis.

Two suspects are now behind bars. Norge Rodriquez-Leon, 36, and Mayara Martinez, 26, of Greenwood, face a felony charge of possession of a card skimming device.

Prosecutors were tipped off the alleged credit card skimming by police in Champaign County, Illinois.

Last month, police executed a search warrant in the 1700 block of Feather Reed Lane. Inside the home, prosecutors say they found plain white blank credit cards, credit card embossing and foiling machines and numerous skimming devices.

"They were making their own devices. They had soldering irons. They had the chips and cables. They were making these themselves," said John County deputy prosecutor Drew Foster.

According to court records, detectives were also able to use a ledger kept in the home to locate where skimming devices had been placed in gas pumps around Indianapolis.

In all, six skimmers were found on gas pumps in Indianapolis. Some of those locations include a Marathon on West Bradbury, another Marathon on Beachway drive and a Citgo on West 16th Street.

Information for 229 credit cards registered to different individuals in several states was also recovered.

"They can do this everywhere.  Indianapolis was the closest location, but some of these were from Georgia and South Carolina.  This isn’t a local problem. This affects everybody," said Foster.

In addition to their charges in this case, the pair had out-of-state arrest warrants in connection with a continuing financial criminal enterprise.

Police say residents should always monitor their credit and debit cards. Once a person becomes a victim of a credit card skimmer it can takes months to straighten things out with their bank.

"The thing people have to remember is to be vigilant.  Look out your credit card every month.  Look at your bills and see what you charged," said Foster.

The sentencing range in this case is six months to two and a half years with a presumptive sentence of one year and a fine of up to $10,000.

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