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Suspect in I-95 corridor credit card skimming due in federal court

Pictured from left to right are Rios Lopez and Yordan (Hampton County Detention Center)

A man facing charges related to credit card skimming devices found on gas pumps in the Lowcountry is expected in federal court today.

Albert Yordan, officials say, is one of at least two people responsible for credit card skimmers not just in our area, but all along the I-95 corridor, which stretches from Florida to Maine.

The U.S. Secret Service is currently the lead agency on the case, with assistance from local law enforcement agencies and the FBI.

Yordan and Katty Rios Lopez were arrested in Yemmasse, South Carolina late in September after a traffic stop. Inside their car, officers say, were several credit cards with various names, credit card skimmers and nearly $35,000 in cash and money orders.

An affidavit states Yordan was later asked by investigators about his primary means of employment, and he responded, "working the credit cards."

Yordan is due in court at 1 p.m. Katty Rios Lopez does not yet have a court date set.

Local law enforcement agencies report advances in credit card skimming technology are gassing those at the pumps. An ABC News 4 investigation revealed hundreds of credit and debit cards have been cloned in the City of Charleston alone. Within the last year, skimmers have been found in West Ashley, North Charleston and West Ashley.

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