The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) reported that its Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center has arrested a Tampa man and charged him with multiple counts of identity theft, possession of forged credit cards, fraudulent use of credit cards and grand theft.
The three-month investigation revealed that the accused person had encoded blank credit cards with his real name and stolen credit card numbers. The man allegedly then used these fraudulent credit cards to make purchases at stores.
A search of his residence revealed counterfeit credit cards, blank credit cards, and credit card making equipment.
The accused was charged with three counts of identity theft, three counts of possession of forged counterfeit credit cards, two counts of fraudulent use of credit cards and two counts of grand theft. His bond was set at $22,000.
Credit card fraud is a serious crime that can result in criminal convictions, jail or prison time, and lots of restitution.