A 27-year-old man whom authorities say is part of a Romanian organized crime ring responsible for skimming and cloning credit cards throughout south Louisiana is facing a count of skimming in Baton Rouge.
Costinel Matei was one of six people arrested on Dec. 28 by the U.S. Secret Service in a Memphis hotel room as part of an investigation by a task force that included the federal agency and sheriff’s offices in East Baton Rouge and St. John parishes. Authorities discovered marijuana, IDs that looked fake, a lamination machine and $4,580 in cash, according to news reports.
A week earlier, on Dec. 21, two other members of the ring were arrested in Gonzales at a gas station and found with $4,664 in cash and dozens of gift cards encoded with bank account information. Two suspects at that Gonzales station fled on foot before Gonzales Police arrived but were discovered on Dec. 28 in the Memphis hotel room.
Gonzales police on Thursday arrested a man