• Man arrested for alleged skimming operation at Aquatica water park


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies said guests at Aquatica had their credit card information stolen in an illegal operation that involved employees at the water park.

    Nicholas Matos, who is not an Aquatica employee, is accused of buying the stolen credit card information.

    Investigators said SeaWorld security confronted an Aquatica employee who had a handheld skimmer at a park kiosk. The employee told deputies another employee paid him $10 for each card swiped and that employee would deliver the skimmer to Matos.

    According to investigators, Matos plugged the skimmer into his computer and imported all the stolen credit card numbers.

    It was a suspicious Aquatica guest who initially reported her card number had been used at a local Walmart. According to the affidavit, the skimming operation went on for two months, starting at the beginning of July.

    "I want to feel comfortable to go and spend my credit cards. I would think twice," one Aquatica guest said.

    Matos was booked into the Osceola County Jail on a warrant, but has since bonded out. The sheriff's office was unsure about how many victims there could be.

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