Use of Fraudulent Cards Results in Arrests

 


On July 14, 2014 at approximately 4:30pm, Officers responded to Citibank in the 1600 block of Spring St. for a report of possible fraudulent transactions using stolen credit cards. Citibank had been alerted by other bank branches in Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, and Grover Beach that a group of suspects were traveling northward using these fraudulent cards at banks to withdraw cash from unsuspecting victim accounts.

Officers located the suspect vehicle a short distance away from the bank and stopped the vehicle to investigate the claims of fraud. The vehicle was searched and Officers located 46 different credit cards, over $7,000 in cash, and drug paraphernalia. It was quickly determined that each credit card was fraudulent, as the credit card numbers had been altered. Each card’s magnetic strip, which stores the users’ account information, had stolen account information from unaware victims. At this time it is believed that the stolen account information came from credit card skimmers, which serve to steal account information when unsuspecting victims use their cards during point of sales transactions. This investigation is ongoing as victims are still being identified.

The following people were arrested during the investigation and subsequently transported to County Jail on several felony counts:  Danielle Lynn Williams) of Long Beach: Theft of credit card information, a felony; Fraudulent use of a credit card, a felony; grand theft, a felony; commercial burglary, a felony; and conspiracy to commit a crime, a felony; Alan Keith Dixson of Los Angeles: Theft of credit card information, a felony; Fraudulent use of a credit card, a felony; grand theft, a felony; commercial burglary, a felony; and conspiracy to commit a crime, a felony.

Reginald Kent Wilder of Los Angles: Theft of credit card information, a felony; Fraudulent use of a credit card, a felony; grand theft, a felony; commercial burglary, a felony; and conspiracy to commit a crime, a felony.
 
Through continued investigation, two additional fraud suspects involved with yesterday’s events have been identified: Rana Payton and Christina Jones, both from L.A.   At this time they have not been located and the PRPD is asking for the public’s help with locating them.

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