Jan 16, 2016 11:40 AM
3 men from Texas charged in Hudson skimming case; wider conspiracy suspected
HUDSON - Three men from Austin, Texas have been charged in what police believe is a wider conspiracy involving skimming -- a technique for getting people's debit card numbers and passwords by attaching hidden devices at gas pumps or ATMs.
Police say their investigation began in December with a report of fraudulent use of a debit card at Sam's Club and they subsequently received multiple reports of the same thing at the same location. Victims appear to have had their account information skimmed from another place, however. Police found the victims had all used the 7-Eleven at 37 Nashua Road in Londonderry. Further investigation led to the discovery of an illegal skimming device attached to one of the gas pumps there.
Police got a break in the case when alert employees at Sam's Club noticed a similar subject purchasing numerous gift cards with separate transactions. The suspect became nervous and left the store after purchasing over $1,500 dollars in gift cards, but the employees were able to give police a description of the vehicle, occupants, license plate and direction of travel.
Hudson police observed the vehicle, a 2016 gray Chevrolet Equinox, enter Tyngsborough, Mass. where the occupants began throwing plastic cards out the window. Tyngsborough police and Hudson police were able to stop the vehicle in traffic. The three occupants were initially charged with receiving stolen property.
Hudson police brought additional charges, issuing felony warrants, this week.
The three men arrested are:
Dairon Julio Jimenez Roja, 25, of Austin, Texas, who was indentified as the suspect inside Sams Club on Jan. 12. He was charged with three counts of felony fraudulent use of credit cards and two charges of theft by deception.
Francisco Yamayo Noguera, 35, of Austin, Texas. He was charged with three counts of felony conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft by deception.
Elvis Barban Chavez, 44, of Austin, Texas, was also charged with three counts of felony conspiracy to commit fraudulent use of a credit card and two counts of conspiracy to commit theft by deception.
All three subjects were arraigned at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division on Friday. Jimenez Roja and Barban Chavez were held on bail of $23,000 cash only. Yamayo Noguera was held on $18,000 cash only.
The Hudson police say they are still looking to identify at least two more subjects in this case and have released surveillance photo of the suspects. Hudson police continue to work with other law enforcement agencies throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts as these crimes are suspected of being connected to a larger organized group.
Police say people can protect themselves from skimming by using a credit card instead of a debit card at pumps, or paying at the counter instead of outside at the pumps.
Anyone having any information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Allison Cummings at (603) 886-6011.