A California man linked to financial fraud charges in seven states is being held at the Baldwin County jail.
In November, $503 was fraudulently taken out of a Baldwin County resident’s bank account using an ATM in the Atlanta area, said Baldwin County sheriff’s Capt. Brad King.
Investigators obtained a photo from the ATM machine and identified Akop Taymizyam, 35, of Glendale, Calif., as the man who took the money, King said.
The Baldwin County resident told authorities she still had her debit card at the time of the transaction.
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“He either made or purchased a fraudulent debit card that just happened to have the account number,” King said.
Taymizyam is being held at the jail on charges of financial transaction card fraud and identity fraud, he said.
As part of the investigation, detectives discovered that Taymizyam had been arrested in Cobb County on 60 similar charges and in Cherokee County on 30 similar charges. Taymizyam was transferred to the Baldwin County jail Thursday and is being held without bond.
King said he estimates that the total fraud in Georgia is more than $100,000.
Agents with the U.S. Secret Service’s San Francisco field office also are investigating Taymizyam for about $500,000 of similar offenses that allegedly occurred in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, he said.
Other law enforcement agencies in Georgia are pursuing the possibility of additional charges against Taymizyam, King said.
Baldwin County deputies are working with Secret Service agents in Atlanta and prosecutors to “wrap the case into one federal prosecution” that would be handled in Atlanta, he said.
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