MARYLAND HEIGHTS • Two men from Romania were caught in a hotel room here with $17,000 generated with bogus credit cards, authorities said Tuesday.
Rubin Tiberiade and Andreas Caldraru were charged by complaint Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis with access device fraud. Their ages and hometowns were not immediately available.
Charging documents say Maryland Heights police went to the Days Inn at 1970 Craig Road Monday after another guest reported of loud noises and a large amount of cash in the men's room. Officers found the cash and about 168 "counterfeit" credit cards in the room, as well as a machine that encoded the cards, charging documents say.
Tiberiade told police they got the cards from someone in a parking lot in Chicago and had already sent more money that he and a juvenile female had gotten to "others" via Western Union, documents claim. Caldraru told investigators that he was aware of the operation and shared in the proceeds, charges say.
No lawyer is yet listed for either man. Both men had Florida driver's licenses and Caldraru had overstayed his visa, the charging documents say.