Identity Theft Ring Allegedly Steals $293600 at 5 Atlantic City Casinos

by Shelton on February 5th, 2015

filed under Cash Advances

BY ZACH HOSSEINI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that 12 New York residents were indicted yesterday for allegedly using 52 stolen credit cards in five Atlantic City casinos to perpetrate a cash advance scheme that stole $293,600 from banks that guaranteed the transactions.

The Division of Criminal Justice obtained the indictment from the Atlantic County grand jury, which charged each of the 12 New Yorkers with second-degree conspiracy, second-degree identity theft, second-degree theft by deception and third-degree fraudulent use of a credit card.

The indictment alleges that over the course several days in May 2011, 10 of the defendants entered the casinos and conducted the cash withdrawals at the Showboat, Tropicana, Caesars, Harrah’s and Bally’s casinos. When they allegedly conducted the transactions, they presented their legitimate identification but used the fraudulent credit cards; those credit cards were embossed with their name, but the magnetic strip embedded on the card belonged to a credit card in another’s name. Because the name embossed on the card matched the legitimate identification provided by the suspects, and the credit card numbers on the magnetic strip on the card were valid numbers, the suspects were able to obtain the cash advances.

The Division of Criminal Justice is alleging that those 10 defendants were acting at the direction of Lena Guralnik, 41, of Bronx, NY, and Intiaz Khan, 33, of New Windsor, NY, who led the ring by transporting the group to Atlantic City, providing them with the stolen credit cards and supervising the transactions. Guralnik and Khan also allegedly kept the bulk of the stolen cash.

“Theft comes in many forms but these alleged crimes are concerning because the device used here were straight-forward and simple,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman.

“Though the banks were on the hook for the financial cost of the alleged fraud, every New Jerseyan should be aware of the threat of identity theft and this is a good time for every resident to make sure they have not been a victim by checking their credit report and closely monitoring their financial accounts for suspicious transactions.

“The defendants used a systematic approach to target what they believed were weaknesses in the identification process, but their patterns soon became evident,” said Division of Criminal Justice Director Elie Honig. “With the help of our enforcement partners, we will continue to look for dubious financial activity.”

The Division of Criminal Justice believes the suspects are all linked together for several reasons. They allegedly conducted their cash advance transactions in the same time period and all left the casino with the funds directly after the transaction was complete — they did not gamble with the funds. The transactions were allegedly all conducted in the middle of the night and in early morning hours. Lastly, they were all allegedly seen getting into the same vehicle after conducting the transactions and leaving the casino.

Second-degree crimes can carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a criminal fine of $150,000, while third-degree crimes can carry a prison sentence of up to five years and a $15,000 fine. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Deputy Attorney Yvonne Maher presented the case to the grand jury on behalf of the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau. New Jersey State Police Casino Investigations Financial Crimes Unit Detective Andrew Koch assisted with the investigation.

Amazon in talks to buy Israeli start-up Annapurna Labs

by Shelton on February 5th, 2015

filed under Personal Funding

US tech big Amazon is in talks to buy Israeli chipmaker Annapurna Labs for up to $ 370 million, monetary newspaper Calcalist reported on Thursday. The businesses are in the ultimate levels of negotiations, the Israeli paper stated, including that the proposal consists of an settlement by Amazon to open a analysis and improvement middle in Israel.

The Israeli start-up, which Calcalist stated has raised a number of tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal funding, was not reachable for remark and Amazon declined to remark.

Annapurna Labs is owned by businessman Avigdor Willenz, the newspaper stated, with different buyers together with British chip designer ARM and enterprise capital agency Walden Worldwide.

Lately, Dropbox acquired US-Israeli CloudOn, a developer of instruments to simplify creating and modifying paperwork on cellular units.

CloudOn will develop into Dropbox’s first Israeli workplace and can concentrate on analysis and improvement. Dropbox plans to rent extra engineers for the Israel operations.

Reuters

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