Police: Banks Lost Over $9,000 To Credit Card Skimming Operation On Long Island

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Kenneth Osias, Otis Barnes

Kenneth Osias (left) and Otis Barnes are accused of running a credit card skimming operation that cost banks more than $9,000 in Nassau County. (Credit: Nassau County Police)

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Two men were charged Thursday with using a skimming device to capture credit numbers and create fraudulent cards – resulting in losses of $9,000 to multiple banks.

Kenneth Osias, 30, of Brentwood, and Otis Barnes, 23, of Brooklyn, were both charged with grand larceny, unlawful possession of a skimming device, and unlawful possession of personal identification information, Nassau County police said.

They were arrested Thursday at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City.

Police said between Dec. 14 and April 8, Osias used a skimming device to steal credit card numbers from his unspecified place of employment.

He gave the numbers to Barnes, who used them to create fraudulent cards which he used to make several purchases around Nassau County, police said.

Numerous banks lost a combined total upwards of $9,000, police said.

At the time of his arrest, Barnes had an additional skimming device with him, police said. He is additionally charged with possession of a forged instrument.

Both suspects were set to be arraigned Friday at Nassau County First District Court in Hempstead.

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