On Wednesday October 24th, 2012, Barnes & Noble reported that 63 of its stores had fallen victim to thieves who had been tampering with PIN pad devices which are used by customers to swipe their credit and/or debit cards. Apparently only one device per store was tampered with. Stores in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island have all impacted. The thieves allegedly installed bugs in the tampered devices, which were capable of capturing customers' credit and debit card information, including pin numbers. As soon as Barnes & Noble learned of the fraudulent breach, the reportedly disconnected the affected devices and alerted authorities. Barnes & Noble also stated they are working closely with federal law enforcement officials, banks and credit card companies to determine which customer accounts may have been compromised, so that fraud prevention measures can be taken.
If you or a loved one has been charged with committing a theft crime, whether data theft, credit card fraud, robbery or any other type of theft, you need to consult with a criminal defense attorney at Flanagan & Associates as soon as possible. Theft crimes are serious crimes, especially when they extend to multiple states with numerous victims. I have extensive experience representing individuals facing criminal charges of theft and I am committed to seeing you receive the aggressive representation you deserve.
Whether you are facing theft charges at the state or federal level, you need to contact a Quincy criminal defense lawyer at my firm today and schedule a confidential consultation and review of your case.