Richmond credit card ‘factory’ busted
A man police say was in Canada for more than 10 years illegally has been arrested and charged after an alleged credit card “factory” was raided by Mounties in Richmond.
Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said in a statement the raid happened on March 21 at a condo, where two credit card embossing machines, a printer, skimming devices and numerous forged cards were found.
“Police also located several computers and hard drives containing person identification, including over 20,000 credit card account numbers,” she said.
Alex Chih Sheng Chen now faces numerous fraud-related charges, according to police, who are looking at further charges as the investigation continues.
Police said the factory had links to Asian organized crime.
The student visa Chen used to enter the country initially, Ashton said, had been expired for more than a decade.
Police are now contacting the financial institutions of the card numbers found.
“At this point, it’s unclear how these credit card account numbers ended up in the credit card factory,” Ash said.
“Richmond RCMP Economic Crime Unit continues to seek information on how this large scale illegal factory operated.”
Mounties are reminding the public to protect their PINs and to destroy or shred all discarded documents containing personal information.