Suspects in credit card skimming case face new charges

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The two suspects who were arrested in February after investigators located a credit card skimming device on the pump of a Bullard gas station are now facing new charges.

According to warrants obtained by the Tyler Police Department on Thursday, March 29, the suspects in the case, identified as Yoan Marquez Ramos, 28, of Haltom City and Jorge Adrain Borroto, 23, of Mansfield, were charged with first-degree felony charges of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.

The warrants were obtained as a part of the United States Secret Service – North Texas Financial Crimes Task Force.

At approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, an investigator with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, who also serves as a member of the North Texas Financial Crimes Task Force, located a card skimmer inside a gas pump upon inspection at a Bullard gas station, located at 100 E. Houston St.

A detective from TPD Task Force, as well as an agent from the US Secret Service Task Force, was called in to assist.

During the investigation of the skimmer, the TPD detective on scene observed two suspects, who are known from prior investigations, pull up to the station to retrieve the skimmer from the pump. After realizing their skimmer had been discovered and removed, the suspects drove off in their vehicle and headed towards Tyler, with an investigator following.

Officials continued their pursuit of the suspects onto Loop 49, where the suspects began throwing out a number of items from their vehicle in an attempt to destroy or get rid of evidence related to gas skimming activity.

The suspects were stopped by officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety near the intersection of Loop 49 and Farm-to-Market Road 2493.

In the course of the investigation, officials determined the criminal organization had previously made a total of 780 fraudulent transactions on at least 187 different credit cards in 29 cities, across three different states.

Ramos and Borroto were booked into the Smith County Jail and charged with Unlawful Interception, Use, or Disclosure of Wire - Oral or Electronic Communications, as well as Tampering or Fabricating Physical Evidence with Intent to Impair.

Both suspects are also being held on Immigration Detainers and are still inside the Smith County Jail.

Currently, Ramos is also charged with a total of eight counts of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity out of Ellis County, with bonds totaling $3,334,000, while Borroto is being held on $3,250,000 bond.

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