Endpoint

1/2/2018
02:30 PM
Dark Reading
Dark Reading
Products and Releases
50%
50%

Four Quebec Men Sentenced In Fraud Scheme Involving Burlington Area ATMs

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that four Quebec men have recently been sentenced in United States District Court in Rutland following their guilty pleas to charges stemming from their involvement in a cross-border conspiracy to commit access device fraud. U.S. District Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford sentenced Mathieu Baaklini, 22, a leader of the conspiracy who lives in Laval, to 24 months of imprisonment. He also sentenced three lesser-involved participants, Safwan Bensalma, 22, of Laval, Brandon Lo, 25, of Laval, and Nicolau Manfredi, 22, of Montreal, to time served. Baaklini has been held in custody since his arrest on October 24, 2016. Bensalma, Lo and Manfredi all spent about two weeks in jail following their October 2016 arrests before they were released after posting cash bail. The court also ordered that Baaklini serve three years of supervised release following completion of his prison term and pay restitution of more than $68,000, while Bensalma, Lo and Manfredi were each ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution.

According to court records, at various times between March and October 2016, the four men traveled from Quebec to Burlington, Vermont, where they used ATM machines in Burlington and Essex to obtain cash advances on counterfeit debit cards made with account information from mostly European and Canadian accountholders. Authorities believe the card numbers were skimmed from taxi patrons in the Montreal area. ATM transaction records and bank surveillance video shows that on May 24, 2016, approximately $8,800 in cash advances were withdrawn using suspected fraudulent credit cards. Records further show that on May 25, 2016, one of the charged conspirators made $11,000 in wire transfers from Chittenden and Franklin Counties, Vermont to locations in Quebec. ATM transaction records and bank surveillance video further shows that between August 22-25, 2016, NBT Bank incurred approximately $54,000 in suspected fraud activity in the form of 500 suspected cash advances on Canadian and European credit and debit cards. All told, banks suffered losses of more than $98,000.

On October 21, 2016, federal agents executed a search warrant on a storage unit in Chittenden County, Vermont, where they recovered approximately $33,000 in cash, a laptop computer, a card-reading device, and approximately 378 gift cards with markings indicating that they contained bank account information on them.

All four men were arrested on October 24, 2016 by Department of Homeland Security Agents at the Highgate Springs, Vermont Port of Entry as they attempted to enter the United States.

Homeland Security Investigations, with the assistance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Burlington Police Department conducted the investigation into this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples is handling the prosecution. Baaklini is represented by Mark Kaplan. Bensalma is represented by Craig Nolan. Lo is represented by Chandler Matson and Manfredi by Douglas Kallen.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
The Year in Security 2018
This Dark Reading Tech Digest explores the biggest news stories of 2018 that shaped the cybersecurity landscape.
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How Enterprises Are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
Data breach fears and the need to comply with regulations such as GDPR are two major drivers increased spending on security products and technologies. But other factors are contributing to the trend as well. Find out more about how enterprises are attacking the cybersecurity problem by reading our report today.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-6345
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-15
The function number_format is vulnerable to a heap overflow issue when its second argument ($dec_points) is excessively large. The internal implementation of the function will cause a string to be created with an invalid length, which can then interact poorly with other functions. This affects all s...
CVE-2018-7603
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-15
In Drupal's 3rd party module search auto complete prior to versions 7.x-4.8 there is a Cross Site Scripting vulnerability. This Search Autocomplete module enables you to autocomplete textfield using data from your website (nodes, comments, etc.). The module doesn't sufficiently filter user-entered t...
CVE-2019-3554
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-15
Wangle's AcceptRoutingHandler incorrectly casts a socket when accepting a TLS 1.3 connection, leading to a potential denial of service attack against systems accepting such connections. This affects versions of Wangle prior to v2019.01.14.00
CVE-2019-3557
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-15
The implementations of streams for bz2 and php://output improperly implemented their readImpl functions, returning -1 consistently. This behavior caused some stream functions, such as stream_get_line, to trigger an out-of-bounds read when operating on such malformed streams. The implementations were...
CVE-2019-0030
PUBLISHED: 2019-01-15
Juniper ATP uses DES and a hardcoded salt for password hashing, allowing for trivial de-hashing of the password file contents. This issue affects Juniper ATP 5.0 versions prior to 5.0.3.