NY woman charged with credit card crimes
Updated 3:00 pm, Tuesday, June 13, 2017
DARIEN — Police apprehended a 38-year-old woman from Queens, N.Y. who was allegedly committing credit card crimes at the People’s United Bank in Darien.
On June 11 around 11:15 a.m., police responded to the Edgerton Street bank on a report of a woman using fraudulent credit cards at the ATM. When police arrived, they found Gabriela Enache, of Northern Boulevard, Flushing, in the ATM vestibule. The New York woman wore what appeared to be a dark wig. She was holding an open wallet with lots of cash and many credit and gift cards.
Enache was asked to step out of the vestibule. She was extremely nervous and wouldn’t answer basic questions, like what she was doing at the bank and where she was coming from. With the assistance of the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, officers were able to determine the cards in Enache’s wallet were fraudulently cloned cards. Officers also found $1,500 in the wallet, all $20 bills, which are dispensed by most ATMs.
Based on this evidence, police had probable cause to believe Enache was in the process of committing larceny and several credit-card crimes. She was charged with one count of fourth-degree larceny, five counts of receipt of money by use of illegal credit card, 10 counts of unlawful completion of a credit card, 10 counts of illegal furnishing of money or goods on a credit card and five counts of illegal use of a credit cards. She was also charged with 10 counts of credit card theft.
Enache was held on a $150,000 bond and transported to Stamford Superior Court on June 12. Police are continuing to investigate this incident.