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Street Gangsters Charged with Hacking and Theft of Card Terminals


Over thirty street gangsters from East Bay were legally charged for apparently operating one fraud scheme worth $1m via breaking into payment card terminals along with accounts belonging to fairly large number of businesses at North California, and committing unlawful theft.


Xavier Becerra Attorney General of California declared the indictment put on 32 individuals who belonged to 2 criminal street bands named CoCo Boys and BullyBoys. The date, 10th September, was when Becerra declared an indictment of 240 counts that according to the AG, included 59 instances of robberies, 56 instances of large scale thefts, 54 instances of infiltration, PC compromise as well as fraud, 63 instances of conniving towards executing grand theft, and eight instances of ID-theft.


Following one multi-agency probe, spanning 3-yrs, into several robberies and payment card thefts taking place within thirteen counties spread over Northern California, the gangsters' arrests culminated. The probe that started during February 2016 found similar aspects between operations wherein payment card terminals from companies got robbed within cities across Northern California. Officials of agencies of law enforcement detected the operations as linked with 2 crime executing street gangs within the Bay Point, Pittsburg and Antioch areas.


The gangsters, according to Becerra, allegedly attacked many dentist as well as medical offices, accessing bank account details and Social Security Numbers of those patronizing the businesses. They jointly pounced on companies to hack into payment card terminals that were then utilized for processing fake monetary returns. Those returns were credited to debit cards which the criminals owned instead of going to the companies or their clients.


The probe helped recover forty compromised payment card terminals along with locating a large number of receipts showing fake returns. Moreover, the investigating agents confiscated additional robbed items such as personal files containing details of bank information and Social Security Numbers, and several laptops.


According to Western States Information Network's Executive Director Kent A. Shaw, the case is indicative of certain tech-savvy gangs existing in California. The network participated in the probe. Mr. Shaw additionally stated the probe outstandingly showed the growing refinement of operations by criminal gangs within California.

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