- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Four Kentucky men are accused of running a credit card skimming operation in North Dakota’s largest city.

The men from Louisville were arrested at a hotel in Fargo late last week. They all face a felony criminal conspiracy charge that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. One also is accused of possessing cocaine, a felony punishable by up to five years behind bars.

Skimming devices are used to illegally obtain private account information when people use credit or debit cards to make payments. Thieves often put them on gas pumps. Fargo police said they found two skimming devices, laptops and several gift cards encoded with the help of victims’ credit card information in the suspects’ hotel room.

Police don’t know how many victims there are in the Fargo area, but nearly 20 people have come forward so far. Authorities also say the suspects could be involved in a multi-state skimming operation under investigation by federal authorities.

“Just because we made these four arrests doesn’t mean that this illegal activity is going to stop,” Lt. Joe Anderson told KVRR-TV.

Charged with criminal conspiracy are Yunior Quesada, 30, Taylon Garcia, 30, Yoel Perez, 29, and Yordan Castillo, 27. Castillo also faces the drug charge. The men could enter pleas at hearings scheduled in late April and early May.

Castillo’s attorney declined comment to The Associated Press on Tuesday. Attorneys for the other suspects did not immediately respond to AP requests for comment.

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