By Linda McGlasson
February 13, 2009
The list of financial institutions impacted by the Heartland Payment
Systems (HPY) breach now tops 220. In related news, three men in Florida
were arrested earlier this week on multiple charges of credit card
fraud, and some of the card numbers they allegedly used are tied to the
The Leon County, FL. Sheriff's office arrested area residents Tony
Acreus, Jeremy Frazier and Timothy Johns, who had allegedly used stolen
credit card numbers since November, according to Sgt. Tony Drzewiecki,
spokesman for the sheriff's office.
According to the Tallahassee, FL. Democrat, the suspects were running "a
very sophisticated and complex criminal enterprise." Law enforcement is
investigating how the three men were able to obtain credit card numbers
from the Heartland breach, which was first announced on January 20.
Meanwhile, in just over a week, the number of financial institutions
that have come forward to say they have been contacted by their credit
card companies Visa and MasterCard in relation to the breach has jumped
from fewer than 50 to more than 200.
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