Kentucky residents charged with credit card fraud
Seven individuals, all from the Louisville, Ky., area were charged with felonies related to credit card fraud, a Class D felony, according to the Mt. Pleasant Police Department.
Mt. Pleasant Police, on Feb. 3, followed up on a group of suspects who had been committing credit card fraud in Waverly. It was determined that this group had used cloned (forged) credit cards at numerous stores across Iowa, including Mt. Pleasant, in a three-day spree.
As a result of this investigation, Liliany Mena, 26, and Pedro Rodriguez, 26, both of Louisville, Ky., were charged with forgery, a class D felony.
Seven other Louisville, Ky., individuals were charged with ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony, and conspiracy to commit credit card fraud, a Class C felony, in relation to activity in Mt. Pleasant around late September 2016. The investigation concluded Feb. 9.
Those charged included Gerardo Perez, 32, Pablo Perez, 30, Rolando Gonzalez, 48, Mavis Castillo, 20, Rosa Perez Batista, 46, Ever Cardenas, 19, and Pedro Rodriguez, 26.
It was determined that the aforementioned group placed card skimmers on gas pumps across the state. On a couple of occasions, skimmers were placed on gas pumps in the Mt. Pleasant area. Skimmers are electronic devices that capture credit-card information and store it until it is removed, and then can be placed on blank cards including room cards at hotels and motels.
Mt. Pleasant Police were assisted by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, the Louisville, Ky., Police Department and the Waverly Police Department.
Mt. Pleasant’s Police Department reminds people to check credit card readers. They should not be loose or come off. Also, they should not have wires running to them in plain view, and often there is security tape on the payment part that should not be cut. If you observe any of these items, you should contact the store or the police department.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.