Tyler Francis Regis, the suspect in the BankPacific ATM fraudulent transaction case, surrendered to authorities on Saturday telling police that the deceased victim was a family friend who lent him the ATM card to pay for his car and insurance.
But he reportedly admitted that even after the victim passed away, he continued to make withdrawals from the decedent’s account using the ATM. He was charged with identity theft and theft both as second-degree felonies. He was booked and confined.
Guam Police Department spokesman Sgt Paul Tapao said that upon the discovery of the discrepancies, BankPacific and Guam Crime Stoppers reached out to the community for help in identifying a male individual that had been noted using the deceased’s ATM card at a local retail outlet.
The video and still photo were captured by the ATM’s video surveillance and had been circulated through various media outlets to include social media.
According to GPD, the suspect stole the deceased person’s identity and used the victim’s ATM card to make withdrawals and numerous transactions for nearly four months until someone noticed that over $30,000 was missing from the deceased’s account.
It was BankPacific that caught on to the fraudulent transactions as they were informed that the account holder had died in early January, making it impossible for the victim to conduct any transactions.