Three men arrested in Wakulla County for credit card fraud


Source: Wakulla County Sheriff's Office

 

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Three men were arrested after conducting counterfeit debit card transactions after getting identity information from an unknown online vendor through the "dark web."

On May 25, the victim reported to WCSO that after reviewing her bank statement, she saw a fraudulent transaction had been made at Walmart with her debit card a week before for $227.29.

A couple days later, deputies received documentation of the transaction and video footage from Walmart.

The video footage showed four suspects wearing hoodies, repeatedly swiping multiple cards at self-checkout stations.

The suspects were able to do three counterfeit debit and credit card transactions totaling $625.30, including the $227.29 reported by the victim.

On June 5, Walmart told deputies that the suspects had returned. Deputies responded to the scene and saw four suspects leaving the parking lot in a 2016 Toyota Corolla to get on U.S. 319.   

Deputies then conducted a traffic stop on the car, with James Grant driving and Sharone Greene and Terrance Wells as passengers.   

Greene was found with 10 counterfeit debit and credit cards, while Grant was found with nine.   

Deputies reviewed the Walmart video footage again, which showed Wells swiping counterfeit debit cards ten times to buy prepaid gift cards, totaling $623.30.  

Greene was seen on video swiping counterfeit debit cards six times to buy prepaid gift cards, but all those transactions were denied.

While Grant was also captured on video swiping a counterfeit debit card one time to buy a prepaid gift card, which totaled $224.77.

Deputies learned through interrogations, that the counterfeit debit cards were created obtaining account and identity information from an unknown online vendor through the "dark web" and that the suspects were making up to $1,500 per day by doing counterfeit debit card transactions.  

On June 5, Greene was arrested for one count of counterfeiting a payment instrument, six counts of criminal use of personal identification information, and one count of trafficking in or possessing counterfeit credit cards.   

Wells was arrested and charged with one count of counterfeiting a payment instrument, 10 counts of criminal use of personal identification information, one count of trafficking in or possessing counterfeit credit cards, and one count of grand theft of $300 or more, but less than $5,000.

Grant was arrested and charged with one count of counterfeiting a payment instrument, one count of theft, one count of criminal use of personal identification information, and one count of trafficking in or possessing counterfeit credit cards.

On June 7, deputies conducted a search warrant on the Toyota Corolla. Inside the car they found 51 debit and credit cards, a package of gummy bears, four hoodies, and a pair of boxer briefs.

Five days later, deputies obtained arrest warrants for Grant and Wells for their involvement in the crimes committed on May 18.   

Grant is additionally being charged with one count of counterfeiting a payment instrument, one count of theft, and one count of criminal use of personal identification information.

Wells now also facing four counts of counterfeiting a payment instrument, one count of grand theft, and one count of criminal use of personal identification information.

All were booked into the Wakulla County Jail.

 

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