Nationwide fraud ring busted in Kearney, NE
Two men believed to have made fraudulent credit card
purchases in Kearney are in custody. Monday, the Kearney
Police Department sent an alert to all Kearney Area
Chamber of Commerce members alerting them of the fraud
in which suspects were obtaining stolen credit card
numbers and a Grand Island man was making fake credit
cards. The suspects then made large purchases until the
credit card company either caught the fraud or the
suspects created a new card. The purchases have been
made from Kearney to Miami. It’s a pretty intricate ring
of criminals, and they’re doing it all across the United
States,” said KPD Investigator Brian Thome. Felix Carlos
Diaz-Brito, 33, of Miami and William Cabrera-Moreira,
30, of Grand Island have been arrested in connection to
the fraud and are being held at the Madison County Jail
in Norfolk. The Grand Island man believed to be
manufacturing the credit cards still is wanted.
group of three busted stealing merchandise, receiving
gift cards and selling them for cash in Louisville, Ky.
38-year-old Carl Griffin Jr., 27-year-old Dustin Johnson
and 41-year-old Kimberly Jo Sweazy took merchandise from
Home Depot, Kohl's, Lowes and JC Penney without paying
and later returned it and received gift cards since they
didn’t have receipts. Police say Griffin, Johnson and
Sweazy then sold the gift cards to various pawn shops
and second-hand dealers for cash.
Lone Tree, Colorado getting hit by ORC weekly
The 21st-century shoplifter isn't a teenage girl
slipping earrings into her purse, but often a
sophisticated network of computer-savvy, highly
organized professionals who make retail theft their
full-time job, Lone Tree police say. “It's huge and it
costs us a lot of money,” said Acting Lone Tree Police
Chief Ron Pinson. “We've had groups come in that have
stolen up to $10,000 worth of merchandise. These are
people that are often doing this for their living.”
Professional thieves often travel from mall to mall, and
city to city, stealing everything from jeans to laptops.
The stolen merchandise is then sold. Such high-dollar
thefts occur about once a week, Pinson said, and those
who engineer them are endlessly innovative. They do come
up with new schemes,” he said. “Sometimes the law is a
little bit behind them.” They range from the bold —
those who use metal-lined shopping bags that pass
undetected through security systems — to the subtle.
Recently, thieves used credit card numbers obtained from
banks that had not yet assigned the numbers to
individual cardholders. (Source
Check Fraud Scheme with ties to Scotts Valley, CA.,
Suspects on the Run
The Scotts Valley Police Department has arrested a woman
from Oakland, in connection with a fraudulent check
ring. Police say Alexis Slaten was found to be
conspiring with several others to manufacture and use
fraudulent checks in this area. The investigation is
ongoing and two additional suspects were identified,
Lawrence Stone of Oakland and Retascha Harrison also of
Oakland. Anyone with information can call Lt. John
Wilson of the SVPD at 831-440-5670.
seek help in ID'ing identity thief who's hit Ace
Hardware, Home Depot and Zip trip stores in Spokane, WA.
The man purchased merchandise worth thousands of dollars
from two Ace Hardware stores using checks stolen from
vehicles, according to Spokane County sheriff’s
spokesman Deputy Craig Chamberlin. Other stolen checks
were cashed at several Zip Trip stores and Home Depot.
Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is offering a
reward for information leading to his identification.
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