The Financial Crimes Task Force and the Economic Crimes Bureau of the Queens District Attorney’s office have been making great strides in taking down skimming crews operating in and around New York City. Since July 1, 2016, the units have conducted investigations that have led to several search warrant and arrest operations. During the summer three significant skimming crews were discontinued: the Sutter Avenue Crew, formerly operating out of a location in the 75 Precinct; the Radu crew, formerly operating out of a location in the 107th Precinct; and the Duczon crew, formerly operating out of locations in Queens and Brooklyn.
In addition to the crew arrests, the Financial Crimes Task Force and other members of the Grand Larceny Division have made 108 arrests for skimming compared to a total of 14 arrests made last year. Seventy-two of these arrests were made since July 1, 2016. The Queens and Manhattan’s District Attorney’s offices are working with the Department to ensure that all of these arrests are prosecuted to the fullest.
The Financial Crimes Task Force has also noted an increase in the number of skimming devices recovered from the street. Compared to last year’s total of 12 devices recovered during this same time period, a total of 26 devices have been recovered from ATMs around New York City since July 1, 2016. This increase is due in large part to public cooperation with identifying skimming devices, and to the diligent work of the Crime Prevention Division and patrol officers in conducting routine inspections for identifying these devices.
The Financial Crimes Task Force encourages people to check ATMs for skimming devices. If a device is found, bank personnel and the police should be immediately contacted. The following guide provides information on how to identify skimming devices.