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Intel Briefing – May 2012

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International crew busted looting Chicago ATMs with stolen info.
Two suspects were busted earlier the week of April 9 after Chase Bank tipped police to suspicious activity at ATMs in the Chicago area. Authorities say they suspect the men are part of a Romanian financial-crime cell — one of a few dozen such cells looting ATMs in Chicago and draining customers’ bank accounts with an elaborate rip-off system. First, the crews steal personal banking information from ATM customers by secretly attaching a “skimmer” to ATM machines. The crews also hide a camera near the ATM to catch the customer keying in a password. Using that data, the crews create duplicate debit cards and “cash-out” guys fan out to ATMs to withdraw the maximum amount allowed on each card. Some of the alleged “cash-out” guys got nabbed April 9, police said. The men, who are Romanian, were charged with felony identity fraud. So far, 16 victims have been identified and $7,000 recovered from the men, prosecutors said. But sources said the theft total could reach $50,000 based on cash recovered from a vehicle the men were riding in. Sources said Chicago police officers seized more than 200 gift cards converted to debit cards.

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Georgia facility of Chicago-based LKQ Corp. cited by US Department of Labor’s OSHA for willful and serious violations following worker injury.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) April 12 cited Don Park USA L.P. for 16 safety and health violations based on a follow-up inspection of its Conley, Georgia facility. The OSHA found the same violations as during the original inspection, which was conducted after a fatality occurred at the facility in October 2010. Four repeat safety violations and one repeat health violation were cited, as well as four serious and one less-than-serious safety violations.

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More repairs made to VY’s condenser.
Power output at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant near Brattleboro, Vermont, was reduced earlier the week of April 9 to allow for repairs to the plant’s steam condenser. April 11 the plant was running at 34 percent but on its way back up to full power, said the director of communications for Vermont Yankee. In the past few years, the condenser developed small leaks, in which water from the tubes leaked into the system. Holes in the condenser were sealed with Plasticor, an epoxy-like material, according to a member of the public oversight panel. The panel identified the condenser as a significant challenge to the continued reliability of the plant, partially as a result of the increased flow due to a power uprate in 2006.

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