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Posted: 5:54 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013
By Allison Latos
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Watchful Transportation Security Administration agents at Charlotte Douglas airport helped uncover a major multi-state counterfeit credit card operation. The United States Secret Service showed Eyewitness News all the evidence they recovered including hundreds of fraudulent credit and gift cards. Agent Glen Kessler said Jaques Joseph and Decodar Loney traveled to Charlotte from New York to rip off stores using fraudulent credit cards with stolen numbers to purchase legitimate gift cards. "They had roughly $5,000 in gift cards and $3,000 in cash," Kessler said. The crime hit a snag when airport security became suspicious scanning Decodar's bag. Passengers like Dino Benetti were shocked and happy to hear the TSA stepped in. "That's great," Benetti said. "It's nice to see they're doing their job." Kessler said the couple shopped in Charlotte for two days but had no way to tell how many victims' credit card numbers they stole. "The victims are probably throughout the United States, so our job now is to track down and contact each bank and tell them who their victims are," he said. Agents hope this bust will lead them to the people making the fraudulent cards. Agents said they've busted several credit card operations over the past five to six months, but this is the first time they caught suspects trying to flee the area by flying. The suspects are facing state charges, but the Secret Service expects the case to go federal. According to agents, Decodar is an illegal immigrant from Trinidad. If convicted, she could be deported.
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