2 charged with card fraud after bank security sees them live on ATM cameras

Andrei Colesnicov
Andrei Colesnicov

Quick action by a State Employees Credit Union analyst who was watching live video from two ATM's was credited for leading police to two men who were arrested on charges of having fraudulent credit cards and to a Volkswagen Passat that detectives said had 47 credit cards in it.

In asking for a search warrant for the car, which had a temporary registration from Illinois, Detective T.D. Maddocks said the fraud analyst spotted two men trying to get money Tuesday with cards that had been fraudulently encoded with account information.

Not long after, police arrested 36-year-old Andrei Colesnicov at 1200 Farmers Market Drive, where one of the ATM’s was.

Tuesday night, detectives who were questioning 23-year-old Petru Dobrovolschi at their offices on Greens Dairy Road arrested him.

Neither man had a permanent address, according to arrest records. Each was charged with financial card forgery and two counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

In the search warrant, which was turned in Wednesday at the Wake County court clerk’s office, Maddocks said the analyst “was watching live video at two ATM’s, New Bern Avenue and Centennial Campus.”

A fraudulent card was used first at the New Bern Avenue machine, and then one was inserted into the one on Farmers Market Drive, the search warrant explained.

The Passat was at the second ATM when police arrived, Maddocks said.

Along with the 47 cards, police listed two phones, a passport, $560 in cash and registration paperwork as what they found during the search.

Each man was being held at the Wake County Detention Center on Thursday in lieu of $30,000 bail. Jail records spelled Colesnicov’s name as Kolenikov. Court records list him as Kolesnikov.

Both men are from Moldova, according to immigration officials.

A check by the Wake County Sheriff’s Office with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security showed that Colesnicov/Kolesnikov is in the U.S. legally. Officials asked state officials to hold Dobrovolschi, however, saying he was suspected of being in the country illegally.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT