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Posted on: April 12, 2017

Two men charged in elaborate bank skimming scheme to obtain access to bank accounts

For Immediate Release

April 12, 2017

Two men have been charged in an elaborate bank skimming scheme to obtain access to bank accounts, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Pedro Donciano Baptista-Zazarias, dob: 12/11/1978, and Renato LaCovara, dob: 3/13/1986, each face Trafficking in Stolen Identities, a Class B felony.*

According to court records, the defendants installed an electronic skimming device at a Downtown Kansas City bank to steal customer account numbers and PINs. They were captured on surveillance video installing the device and later removing it. Up to $112,649 in potential funds were at risk and they took more than $350.  The defendants did the same at two other bank locations, taking more than $21,000. The two defendants were arrested after they tried to use the stolen bank accounts at the Argosy Casino in Riverside.  

Prosecutors requested a $250,000 bond on Donaciano. LaCovara was already being held on a $30,000 bond.

For more information, contact:

Michael Mansur

Director of Communication

Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office

Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor

Work   : (816) 881-3812

Mobile: (816) 674-3954

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.

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