Gonzales Police Detectives located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot of the Tanger Super Stop located at 2618 West Highway 30 in Gonzales.

On Thursday December 21, City of Gonzales Police Detectives were notified by the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office that suspected card skimmers were traveling through the area in a beige Toyota Sienna van bearing an unknown Louisiana temporary license plate.

Gonzales Police Detectives in conjunction with the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Kenner Police Department, and Louisiana State Police flooded the area looking for the suspects. Gonzales Police Detectives located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot of the Tanger Super Stop located at 2618 West Highway 30 in Gonzales.

Located inside the vehicle was Daniela-Stefania Ianev (DOB 6/14/1987) and Marius Daniel Nuta (DOB 9/11/1993). Both subjects are from Romania. Ianev is in the country illegally and Nuta is currently pending immigration proceedings through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and currently out on a $10,000.00 immigration bond.

Two additional suspects identified as Nauris Matei (male DOB 06/26/1993) and Cati Elinescu (female DOB 05/12/1993), also both from Romania, had been inside the store and left on foot unbeknownst to the officers. All of the suspects used the same address: 2421 White Horse Road Jacksonville, FL 32246.

A search warrant was executed on the vehicle, and detectives recovered $4,664.00 in cash mostly in twenty dollar denominations. Also located were 57 various types of gift cards all encoded with account information from various banks. Each card was labeled with a sticker containing a handwritten pin number and dollar amount.

Daniela-Stefania Ianev was charged with 57 counts of Monetary Instrument abuse, 1 count of Access Device Fraud valued at $22,161, and as a fugitive from East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for 1 count of Anti-Skimming Act.

Marius Daniel Nuta was charged with 57 counts of Monetary Instrument abuse and 1 count of Access Device Fraud valued at $22,161.00.

Additional charges are expected on both Ianev and Nuta from additional agencies.

Contributed by GPD