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Charges mount against alleged ATM 'skimming' thief

DACULA -- Charges of identity theft continue to mount for a Flowery Branch man accused of stealing credit card information from ATM customers in northern Gwinnett County.

Already charged with bilking ATM customers near the Mall of Georgia, WB Wohrman, 35, faces seven new counts of identity fraud for a similar ruse at an ATM near Braselton, according to arrest warrants obtained by the Daily Post.

During July 13 and 14 this year, Wohrman affixed a skimmer to a Bank of America branch ATM at 3535 Braselton Highway in Dacula, victimizing at least seven people, Gwinnett police believe. Warrants for seven additional felony counts of identity fraud were issued Thursday.

At the Buford bank branch, at least three customers were victimized between July 10 and 12 this year. Wohrman affixed the skimming device, which illegally captures credit and debit card information, to an ATM located at 1900 Mall of Georgia Blvd., according to warrants.

Three customers from that branch contacted Gwinnett police about unauthorized withdraws at a Chase Bank ATM, according to police reports.

Wohrman was taken into custody Sept. 27 and has since been turned over to U.S. Marshals. U.S. District Court records indicate Wohrman was involved in a federal drug case in Memphis with several others in 2005.

As part of his Twitter bio, Wohrman says he was released from federal prison in 2010 and was trying to reintegrate himself into society. Elsewhere online he describes himself as a college-educated web designer.

Various forms of skimmers have been confiscated from bank ATMs and gas pumps in Gwinnett for years.

Skimmers are devices with slits that collect data from charge cards, as the cards are passed through them. Thieves then use that data to make fraudulent purchases.

Some local cases have involved handheld skimmers smaller than cellphones, used by unscrupulous cashiers when customers weren't looking. Other, more elaborate skimmers have used hidden cameras in conjunction with large plastic devices that fit over card slots.