SEATTLE – A leader of a Canadian group that skimmed ATM cards at Vancouver–area  Starbucks and Dirty Apron cafes, then created counterfeit cards used to withdraw as much as $400,000 from Seattle ATMs, was arrested here last week and charged with bank fraud.

The investigation began in December when BECU’s fraud investigator used video surveillance footage to identify a group of individuals performing so-called cash-out fraud at BECU ATMs in and around Seattle, according to court records. The investigator discovered that all of the BECU ATM withdrawals related to debit cards and accounts at VanCity CU in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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