YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Five more people have been arrested in connection with an international cyberheist of $45 million earlier this year.
As WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported, the newest defendants were nabbed in Yonkers and are allegedly part of a New York-based cell that swiped $3 million in 10 hours by hitting thousands of ATMs using stolen data from debit cards issued by banks.
The heist, believed to be the largest bank robbery in history, was coordinated in 26 countries.
The five defendants — Anthony Diaz, Saul Franjul, Saul Genao, Jaindhi Polanco and Jose Angeley Valerio — have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and were set to be arraigned Monday afternoon.
Authorities released photos they say show suspects stuffing $800,000 into a suitcase to send to organizers in Florida. Another picture shows a receipt for a $4,100 bar tab.
“As alleged, just a few months ago, after exploiting cyber-weaknesses in the financial system to steal millions from ATMs, these defendants were packing bags to the brim with stolen cash, destined for the cybercriminal organizers of these attacks,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a news release. “Today, we have sent them packing once again — but this time, to jail. We will not relent until all those responsible for these financially devastating cybercrimes are brought to justice.”
Three of the original defendants were also included in the indictment that was unsealed Monday. Four other defendants have pleaded guilty to charges related to the case. One suspect was reportedly murdered in the Dominican Republican in April, and another, Franklyn Ferreira, is still at large.
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