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Clovis ATM Skimming Suspect Left His Fingerprints on the Devices: Feds



The FBI says that this ATM surveillance image shows Christos Mavrokelos stealing money from debit card accounts, Feb. 1, 2023, at a Clovis bank. (U.S. District Court Records)
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If Christos Mavrokelos, 37, is convicted on federal theft charges, he’ll deserve entry into the Stupid Criminals Hall of Fame.

On Thursday, Mavrokelos was arrested and charged with using skimming devices at bank ATMs to lift debit card information and then steal money from people’s accounts in Clovis.

How did the FBI put together the case?

According to the criminal complaint, he left his fingerprints on skimming devices recovered by police in Clovis, Fresno, and Madera. Guess he never heard of gloves.

In addition, Mavrokelos didn’t wear a mask while pilfering the accounts.

Linking him to the skimming devices and the theft of thousands of dollars was fairly easy for the FBI special agent on the case. That’s because Mavrokelos’ mug shot was on file with the Campbell Police Department after his arrest on burglary charges in July 2021.

Read the criminal complaint against Mavrokelos at this link.

Mavrokelos faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years if he is convicted.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph Barton and Cody Chapple are prosecuting the case.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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