Louisville credit card processor hacked, card numbers stolen

Published: Apr. 8, 2013 at 8:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM EDT
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Gail Faith
Gail Faith
Emily Apenbrinck
Emily Apenbrinck

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Federal investigators are working a major fraud case in the Louisville area, potentially affecting hundreds of customers at a half dozen local banks and credit unions in Louisville Metro.

The fraudulent charges to local accounts stretch from coast to coast, coming in from at least 12 states in the last two weeks, including California, Nevada, Louisiana, Florida and the Northeast. One bank executive said it's the worst breach she's seen 46 years.

People's Bank of Bullitt County Vice President Sandy Hurst said thousands of dollars were stolen from customers and the bank had to shut down more than 500 accounts in all and refund the money. Meanwhile, Park Federal Credit Union in Louisville posted a warning on its website after it learned of similar data breaches and reports of bogus charges to customers.

Park customer Gail Faith had more than $600 charged to her account in one day in North Carolina. Then found out she was not alone.

"When my husband went back to work the next day, he found out that one of his co-workers had $2,100 wiped out from his account from a different bank," Faith said.  "And then as we continued talking more and more people had charges coming up."

That includes Faith's co-worker, Emily Apenbrinck who belongs to a different credit union but also discovered fraudulent charges on her account, made in Mexico.

The Secret Service believes all the cases may be tied together.

Paul Johnson, spokesperson for the Kentucky Electronic Crimes Task Force, said a Louisville based credit card processor was hacked, and debit and credit card information of customers from a number of different local stores was stolen.

So far no arrests have been made.

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