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Suffolk Crew Sold Cars Rented With Fake Cards, DA Says
Suffolk County prosecutors say they’ve busted three men who allegedly created fake credit cards to rent cars that they sold for pennies on the dollar.
Two men from Brentwood and Bay Shore rented the vehicles from Avis, Hertz and other rental companies using authentic-looking drivers’ licenses and credit cards that a third suspect from Lindenhurst manufactured, authorities said.
The suspects rented late-model cars from the companies’ locations at LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark airports, including a Mercedes and a newly rented 2013 Cadillac that they allegedly sold for $2,100.
The Lindenhurst man created the fake cards using equipment he purchased on e-Bay, including thermal printers, a “Tipper machine” used to imprint raised numbers on fake credit cards and “skimmer” devices that copy personal information from the magnetic strip on victims’ credit cards.
A fourth suspect, a Holbrook man, was arrested during the investigation for selling marijuana.
Authorities plan to discuss the case at a Wednesday morning news conference.