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Police: 2 men used card skimmer to steal $9G

Otis Barnes, 23, of Brooklyn, and Kenneth Osias,

Otis Barnes, 23, of Brooklyn, and Kenneth Osias, 30, of Brentwood, were arrested Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the Roosevelt Field mall and charged with conducting a skimming scam that led to $9,000 worth of losses, police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

Two men were arrested Thursday at the Roosevelt Field mall and charged with conducting a skimming scam that led to $9,000 worth of losses, police said.

After a joint investigation with the Secret Service, Nassau police arrested Kenneth Osias, 30, and Otis Barnes, 23, at the Garden City mall.

Police said Osias, of 206 Madison Ave. in Brentwood, had used a skimming device to capture credit and debit card numbers from his place of employment between Dec. 14 and April 8. Police would not say where Osias worked, saying that information was sensitive to the investigation.

Police said Osias gave the credit and debit card numbers to Barnes, who used them to create fake cards. Barnes used the fraudulent cards to make purchases across Nassau County, generating about $9,000 in losses to several banks.

When he was arrested at the mall Thursday, police said Barnes possessed an additional skimming device.

Both Osias and Barnes were charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree unlawful possession of a skimming device, and third-degree unlawful possession of personal identification information.

Barnes, of 910 Prospect Place in Brooklyn, is also charged with two counts of possession of a forged instrument and a second count of unlawful possession of a skimming device.

Both men are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Friday.

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