Two charged in cloned debit card case arraigned

Becky Campbell • Mar 19, 2019 at 1:14 PM

An attentive bank teller who called police after seeing the same vehicle access the ATM multiple times Saturday led police to a man and woman now charged with having 150 debit and credit cards that Johnson City Police investigators said had been cloned.

Claudio Nacu, 28, 218 NW 9th Ave, Dania, Fla., and Adelina Nacu, 29, 7575 E Arkansas Ave., Denver, were charged with 150 counts each of criminal simulation. They were arrested Saturday in the parking lot of Kroger, which has a Citizens Bank branch with an ATM located there, according to court documents filed in Washington County Sessions Court.

The two were arraigned on 150 counts of criminal simulation and remained jailed on $100,000 bond each.

According to the affidavits, police were called to Citizens Bank at 1805 W. State of Franklin Road around 4:45 Saturday and were told that someone in a black Jeep Cherokee with a New Jersey license plate had been to several of the bank’s ATMs and used debit cards from other banks to withdraw money. When police arrested the two, officers discovered there was an “extraditable warrant” for her arrest.

The document did not specify what that charge was for or where it originated. When police searched the woman, they found $1,300 cash and 150 gift cards on her.

JCPD contacted the Secret Service to assist with the investigation and confirmed the gift cards were cloned and contained coded debit card numbers in the magnetic strips. There were no details about how much money was available on the cloned cards.

Both Nacus will return to court Wednesday for a hearing with their attorneys.

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