Skimming investigation leads to two arrests
On April 19, detectives with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office began investigating reports of skimmer devices placed on local bank ATMs. In a series of days, it was reported that two individuals used at least 44 counterfeit cards to withdraw over $11,000 from several locations in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County. During that time period, it was reported to the agency that approximately 700 cards were skimmed at various locations. Through video surveillance and other investigation efforts, detectives were able to identify the vehicle and conduct a traffic stop.
Zamfir Nitu, 47 years old, and Irinel-Vasile Irimia, 41 years old, have been identified as suspects in this case. Both Nitu and Irimia have been arrested and charged with Third-Degree Felony Larceny and Third-Degree Fraud-Swindle. The two suspects are from Seattle and Las Vegas, according to an incident report.
This is an active and ongoing investigation involving multiple agencies and jurisdictions. Additional charges may be forthcoming.