SCARSDALE, N.Y. - A pair of Chinese natives living in Queens were arrested with more than two dozen illegal ATM cards in Scarsdale on Wednesday after using them to make fraudulent transactions at banks exceeding nearly $30,000.
Scarsdale Police Chief Andrew Matturro announced Thursday that Flushing residents Yan Lin Liu, 33, and Huirong Liu, 24, were arrested and charged with 27 felony counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument after suspicious ATM activity was reported at Webster Bank on Popham Road.
According to police, shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, police were dispatched to Webster Bank when the suspicious activity was flagged. Upon arrival, police determined that both suspects were in possession of 27 fraudulent ATM cards, none of which had cardholders names and most of which did not have any account number or bank information on them.
The ATM cards each had four digit PIN numbers written on the back, In total, the fraudulent transactions where the suspects were arrested exceeded $29,000.
Matturo said that the investigation is ongoing, as police attempt to identify the financial institution and account holder information that was encoded on the cards. The United States Secret Service assisted in the investigation, and Scarsdale police are now working with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office Financial Crimes Division.
Both suspects were arraigned in Scarsdale Justice Court on Wednesday and remanded to the Westchester County Jail on $60,000 bail each. Each is a Chinese citizen in America on a visa.