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Press Release - Fraud Arrest-Skimming Device

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Seneca Co. Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of Rafael Quevedo,38, of Orlando Florida and Yuri Duerte-Surera, 44, also of Orlando Florida on 4/5/18. Sheriff's Deputies report that Quevedo and Duerte-Surera were apprehended at a Town of Junius business after it was reported that a fraudulent charge was placed on a victims credit card. Deputies apprehended and detained Quevedo and Duerte-Surera while investigating the report. Deputies discovered more evidence of criminal activity while intially investigating the incident. Both Quevedo and Duerte-Surera were charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree(class D Felony). They were arraigned in the Town of Junius Court in front of Justice Laird and committed tot he Seneca Co. Correctional Facility in leiu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 insured bond. Both individuals were scheduled for a felony hearing in the Town of Junius on 4/10/18 at 7:30pm

     Investigators from the Sheriff's Office became involved and executed a search warrant on the vehicle being used by Quevedo and Duerte-Surera in the crimes. The execution of the search warrant resulted in numerous items of evidence being seized by investigators to include several electronic devices. Investigators have obtained two additional search warrants for the electronics and are awaiting the results of the warrants.

     Consequently, Investigators charged Quevedo and Duerte-Surera with one count each of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th degree(E felony), Identity Theft in the 1st(D felony), Unlawful Possession of a Skimming Device in the 2nd degree (class A Misdemeanor) and 16 counts of Unlawful Possession of Personal Identification Information in the 3rd degree(class A Misdemeanor).

Investigators say that Quevedo and Duerte-Surera were involved in obtaining credit card information from unsuspecting victims and unspecified locations and "cloning" victims credit card information onto generic credit or gift cards for their personal use.  Investigators state that the investigation is still underway and remind citizens to be vigilant in guarding their personal information. Anyone who has been vicimized or may have any information about the case is asked to call Inv. John Nesbit at 315-220-3442. 

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