(BLOOMINGTON) – IU Credit Union is trying to determine how much money was stolen from its members. They believe the total could be more than $100,000.
Police arrested 43-year-old Cristian Darla, of Romania, on Sunday. Police found Darla at the IU Credit Union branch on East 17th Street after credit union officials alerted police that the ATM showed an unusually high rate of transactions using cards containing no microchip.
Officers found Darla with four gift cards and $1,500 in cash at the ATM. He was arrested on preliminary charges of fraud and defrauding a financial institution.
Police reported recovering four Walmart gift cards used in the scam. Information stored on the gift cards’ magnetic strips was erased and replaced by bank card numbers and the associated personal identification numbers. Police believe the information was obtained from an untraceable part of the World Wide Web called the Dark Web.
Three more reports were filed from IU Credit Union customers whose accounts had been illegally accessed.
Police believe someone else was helping Darla withdraw money.
IU Credit Union could potentially be facing a large scale breach, with multiple locations affected.
IU Credit Union told police it is attempting to use security camera footage from Sunday night to find a photo of additional possible suspects.
Bloomington Police have contacted the Department of Homeland Security to assist with the investigation.