Three Chinese visitors have been slapped with charges under the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organizations) Act (anti-gang legislation) according to the police.
The men were taken into custody on Wednesday and charged following investigations which resulted in the seizure of electronic devices suspected to be card readers, card writers, skimmers and other paraphernalia used in identity theft. They are 38-year-old Zhong Jianping, 37-year-old Guo Shanghai, and Zhong Fulin, also 37 years of age.
The police are reporting that over 400 credit cards—suspected to be fraudulently manufactured—were also seized, along with cash in Jamaican, United States, Chinese and European currencies amounting to approximately J$6 million.
It is believed that the three Chinese nationals have been using various means to skim information from victims’ credit and debit cards; fake cards were then produced and used to withdraw money from the accounts of several individuals at automated banking machines (ABMs).
A court date for the three is yet to be announced.