More charges filed against two arrested for card skimming in Smith County

More charges filed against two arrested for card skimming in Smith County
Yoan Ramos (Source: Smith County Judicial Records)
Jorge Borroto (Source: Smith County Judicial records)
Jorge Borroto (Source: Smith County Judicial records)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - More charges have been filed against the two men, charged with card skimming in Smith County, in February.

Tyler police obtained warrants today for Yoan Marquez Ramos, 28 of Haltom City, TX and Jorge Adrain Borroto, 23 of Mansfield, TX, as part of the United States Secret Service-North Texas Financial Crimes Task Force, for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity which is a 1st-degree felony.

Both Ramos and Borroto are currently incarcerated in the Smith County Jail. The new charges will be added to their original charges, unlawful interception use or disclosure of wire, oral or electronic communications, tampering or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair.

On Monday, Feb.12, 2018 at approximately 10 a.m., an investigator with the Smith County Sheriff's Department who is a member of the North Texas Financial Crimes Task Force located a card skimmer inside a gas pump upon inspection at a Bullard gas station located at 100 East Houston Street. A Detective from Tyler P.D. Task Force and an Agent from the United States Secret Service Task Force responded to assist.

During the investigation, a Tyler PD detective observed two known suspects from a prior investigation pull up to the station to retrieve the skimmer from the pump. The suspects, after realizing their skimmer had been discovered and removed, left in their vehicle towards Tyler with an investigator following.

According to police, as Tyler P.D., Smith County, and DPS converged on the suspect vehicle on Loop 49 the suspects started to throw out numerous items from their vehicle window in an attempt to destroy or get rid of evidence related to gas skimming activity.

Upon stopping the vehicle near Loop 49 and FM 2493 the suspects were identified as Ramos and Borroto who were already being investigated by the Task Force. This investigation had already established that this criminal organization had previously made 780 fraudulent transactions on at least 187 different credit cards in 29 cities and 3 different states.

Borotto and Ramos are both being held on immigration detainers by ICE.

The bonds for each of them were set at $1.75 million.

The investigation is still ongoing, according to Tyler Police.

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