Police have seized thousands of bank account numbers stolen by an identity theft ring and charged 6 people with 80 criminal offences. Durham Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police have been working almost a year to bust up an ATM tampering ring in an operation dubbed Project Kaiser. The Identity Crime Unit focused on a small group of suspects who were manufacturing devices to be used by criminal networks in Ontario. Raids were conducted simultaneously in Vaughan, Barrie and Newmarket resulting in the arrest of 5 males and 1 female arrested.
During the raids about 110 ATM overlay and pinhole camera devices were seized. Each device can cost a bank up to $100,000 in losses. Hundreds of debit cards and thousands of pieces of compromised electronic data were also seized. Police also seized 3 vehicles under Proceeds of Crime legislation: a 2010 Porsche Cayenne; a 2010 Dodge Magnum and a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta. Other items seized included about $100,000 worth of power tools and electronic games and items used to disguise the suspects near the ATM security cameras.
Sebastin Bihari, 35, of Ford Wilson Boulevard in Newmarket, Lemak Bary, 23, of Ford Wilson Boulevard in Newmarket, Geza De Breceni, 50, of Torresdale Avenue, North York, Nyla Pejhan, 23, of Tester Lane, Zephyr, Gabor Lakatos, 25 of Pegasus Drive, Richmond Hill, and Jozsef Lakatos, 46, of Morris Road, Bradford, were all arrested on various charges including participating in a Criminal Organization.