Thursday, August 14, 2014

Huge Credit Card Fraud Lab Uncovered

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 3:37 PM

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office [SCSO] has uncovered what it calls "one of the largest labs for the manufacturing of stolen credit cards for this area."

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The office's Economic Crime Unit [ECU] was investigating two separate cases of credit and debit card when they got videos of two suspects using stolen cards.

That led investigators to an address on the 8900 block of Armour Road in Millington. On Wednesday, SCSO officers, the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force, and Secret Service Task Force executed search and arrest warrants there.

On the scene, they found 84 credit and gift cards, numerous plain blank cards, card skimmers used to steal card information, and card encoders used to load victims’ credit card information. Officers also found stacks of documents containing the names and Social Security numbers of potential victims of Identity theft.

Officers also recovered $25,000 dollars in merchandise they believed were purchased using stolen credit card information, $9,500 in currency, two vehicles, three handguns, an AK47 assault rifle, and 30-round banana clips for the rifle.

Crystal Thompson, 30, and Harry Hudson, 29, were arrested. Both were charged with identity theft and fraudulent use of credit and debit cards.

The sheriff's office said additional charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing.

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