Records pertaining to 2008 identity theft case in Harris County, Texas

Adam Webb-Orenstein filed this request with the United States Secret Service of the United States of America.
Due Dec. 21, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Adam Webb-Orenstein

To Whom it May Concern:

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request all existing documents relating to the discovery of an electronic credit card skimmer at an O'Reilly's Auto Parts store located at 3498 FM 528, Friendswood, Harris County, Texas on or around the 15th of February, 2008. This should include a forensic examination report of the credit card skimmer and any documents indicating how it came to be there. Additionally, it should include any communications with local law enforcement related to arrests or prosecutions resulting from the discovery, as well as any available information about the identity theft victims whose data was illegally obtained through the device.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Adam Webb-Orenstein

From: United States Secret Service

411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Attn: Adam Webb-Orenstein

File Number: 20180290

Dear Requester:

This letter is intended to acknowledge the receipt of your recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, received by the United States Secret Service (Secret Service) on November 22, 2017, for information pertaining to the discovery of an electronic credit card skimmer at an O'Reilly's Auto Parts store located at 3498 FM 528, Friendswood, Harris County, Texas on or around the 15th of February, 2008.

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