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Man arrested in ATM skimming scheme at hospitals

A Falls Church man has been charged in connection with the skimming of ATM cards at Fairfax County hospitals, police said.

Ioan Cicio, 39, was arrested Monday on three counts of possessing credit card forgery devices, three counts of credit card theft, two counts of credit card fraud and one count of money laundering as part of a scheme that allegedly netted at least $30,000, Fairfax County police said.

Investigators linked Cicio to the crimes after he was identified in surveillance video using data from a compromised card belonging to the Fairfax City Local 2702 Fire Association, police said.

The card’s data was captured by an ATM skimmer discovered in September on an ATM at the INOVA Fairfax Hospital Cardiac Care Center, police said.

The stolen card data was later used to make gift card purchases at a Home Depot in Falls Church and to buy custom-made carpeting and expensive faucets, police said.

A search warrant served on Cicio’s home uncovered skimmer devices, cameras and computers, police said.

Police have received reports from more than a dozen victims that have had their bank card information stolen by skimmers at hospital ATM machines in recent months.

Additional skimmer devices were found at Fairfax INOVA Hospital and the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital in November, police said. Authorities said there could be additional arrests made in the scheme.


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