Richland County Sheriff’s Department


Suspect Arrested for Skimming Nearly $33,000.00 from ATM’s

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest Denisa Bonculesco (DOB: 03/15/1990) charged with financial transaction card forgery.   

Bonculesco was arrested on Monday, May 22, 2017 after being identified through video surveillance equipment. Bonculesco was viewed on bank footage the ATM located at 2600 Rosewood Drive (First Citizens’ Bank) around June 16, 2016. The Sheriff stated that these images  connected Bonculesco to other ATM skimmers that were placed on other ATM’s throughout the state and the around the country. It is believed that Bonculesco is possibly involved in a group of people placing skimmers on ATM machines.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that during recent searches, Bonculesco was identified as a suspect in the Pee Dee and Houston Texas areas for placing skimmers on ATM’s. On Friday, March 3, 2017 an arrest warrant was issued for Bonculesco, during which time her information was being entered into the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) and it was discovered that Bonculesco was incarcerated in the Harris County Texas Jail for theft; she was extradited back to Richland County to face her charges. On Monday, May 22, 2017 Bonculesco was interviewed and booked into the Alvin S. Glen Detention Center.

Sheriff Leon Lott recently held a press conference to discuss the dangers of skimmers being placed on ATM machines, and on gas pumps at local convenient stores. This past weekend, Saturday, June 23, 2017 two vigilant citizens remembered what the Sheriff said, which was to check the part where you slide your card in at an ATM. If it comes off, then you know it isn’t a part of the original mechanism; these two citizens helped to stop the theft of thousands of dollars by these criminals. Bonculesco is not alone in working to steal your hard earned money; you must remain vigilant and be on alert when using your cards at any ATM, gas pump, or grocery store etc.     

The Sheriff stated that Bonculesco was also wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE); she was released to their custody to face multiple financial transaction card charges from throughout the United States.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that if you are ever a victim of a crime, or have information that can lead to an arrest for a crime to please contact the Richland County Sheriff’s Department or call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC.


June 21, 2017

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