Surrey/North Delta Leader

Alleged Surrey fraudster arrested in U.S.

  -
— image credit:

A Surrey man has been arrested and charged in the U.S. for allegedly being a member of the "coffee shop gang" accused of bilking B.C. Starbucks customers and others of more than $200,000.

Dennis Nguyen was arrested in mid-February outside a store in Washington State and is charged with possession of bank card-making equipment.

According to Seattle district court documents, debit and credit cards were skimmed by the alleged fraudsters at several Vancouver Starbucks locations, as well as the Dirty Apron café.

Clone cards were then made and the victims' money was withdrawn in the U.S., say police. It's estimated $209,210 was stolen and the gang tried unsuccessfully to withdraw another $385,000. Police expect to make more arrests and identify additional victims in the scam.

The U.S. probe reportedly began in December 2012 when and investigator at Boeing Employees Credit Union noticed a group of people trying to make suspicious withdrawals from multiple ATM machines in Seattle. According to court documents, he discovered the group had made regular trips to withdraw cash: twice in both December and January, and again on Feb. 2.

- with files from CTV

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

COLUMN: A man with a heart of gold
 
Feds to lose $4.3 billion from low oil: study
 
Bank of Canada cuts rate; Effect on cross-border shopping, homebuyers (VIDEO)
Door-to-door mail in Chilliwack set to end mid-November
 
UPDATE: Man killed in Highway 1 accident in Abbotsford
 
Former soldiers blast their treatment by Veterans Affairs
Part V: Eating Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 
Gorgeous sunrise photos from New Westminster
 
Moody Park corner going to the dogs

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.