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Rockdale employees fall victim to debit card fraud

Photo by Elise Yahner

Photo by Elise Yahner

CONYERS -- At least six county employees who are customers of Georgia United Credit Union were victims of fraud in the past couple of weeks, although a credit union official said the situation was not isolated to Georgia United.

Jason Halperin, a vice president with the credit union based in Duluth, said the fraud activity appears to be a financial industry situation involving at least two other credit unions and several banks where customers' debit card account numbers had been skimmed and funds spent from their accounts.

"We have not determined yet exactly who is (committing the fraud)," said Halperin. "We do know that it is not internal fraud."

Halperin said about 50 of Georgia United's 100,000 members were affected by the fraudulent activity. Once it is determine that funds have been skimmed from customers' accounts, the money is refunded by the credit union, he said.

Sgt. Jodi Shupe, public information officer for the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, said last week that six sheriff's deputies and investigators had been affected by the fraud. The incidents were reported to the Sheriff's Office, which initially began to investigate, she said. Subsequently, Georgia United asked that any incidences of fraud be reported to them.