Police: Man had fraudulent credit, gift cards

Police say an Elmont man was arrested after he tried to buy thousands of dollars worth of gift cards using a fraudulent debit card, and was then found to have dozens more fraudulent cards. Police say

News 12 Staff

Dec 7, 2014, 12:34 AM

Updated 3,460 days ago

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Police: Man had fraudulent credit, gift cards
Police say an Elmont man was arrested after he tried to buy thousands of dollars worth of gift cards using a fraudulent debit card, and was then found to have dozens more fraudulent cards.
Police say Michael Richards, 25, tried to purchase 18 gift cards worth $1,000 each, plus a pair of jeans at Bloomingdale's in Garden City. An investigation revealed that the Visa debit card he tried to use had been re-encoded with account information that belonged to a female victim who used another financial institution.
Officials say that a search revealed that Richards was in possession of five additional re-encoded credit and gift cards. Further investigation led to the recovery of over 130 more re-encoded cards.
Richards is being charged with identity theft, grand larceny and 18 counts of possesion of a forged instrument.
 


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