NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Investigators have charged a 38-year-old man with identity theft trafficking after stealing more than 100 people’s banking information and withdrawing cash from ATMs throughout Brentwood and Nashville, according to police.
An arrest warrant states officials from First Horizon Bank first contacted police about several ATM cash-outs. During one withdrawal, airport police said a security camera captured video of the suspect, Jan Demeter, inside a vehicle. Officers ran the license plate number and found the car belonged to Advantage Rentals at Nashville International Airport, according to the warrant. The vehicle was reportedly supposed to be returned by 11 a.m. Monday.
According to the warrant, an officer waited for Demeter to arrive to the airport’s rental garage. Police reported the officer determined the photos of the suspect provided by the bank matched the driver.
Police took Demeter into custody and found 106 cloned debit and credit cards along with $44,000 in cash. Demeter also had a Czech Republic ID on him, which according to police, is likely fraudulent.
Investigators determined at least five of the cloned cards matched the cash withdrawals, according to the affidavit.
Data breaches are common and often include debit and credit card information, according to Brian Caroland of Zander Insurance who specializes in identity theft protection.
“This is a unique case because it seemed like this fraudster had the pin codes for those cards which is unusual,” Caroland explained.
However, there are a number of ways for thieves to get their hands on card numbers and clone them.
“He could have bought them on the dark web, he could have had some kind of skimming device,” he explained.
Caroland said that’s why protecting your personal information and data is important.
“We have seen cases where banks have actually denied requests for cases like this because the fraudster had the pin number. With all the data breaches that happen all the time it’s tough to prevent your card from being stolen I mean it can be online you’ve got the skimming devices there’s all kinds of ways that can happen. We do always recommend clients set up text alerts or emails from their bank so they know immediately when a transaction has occurred.”
Demeter has been charged with identity theft trafficking and multiple counts of criminal simulation. He was booked in the Metro jail on a $150,000 bond.
The Secret Service is leading the investigation, working with the FBI and the Nashville Airport Authority on the case.