Suspects arrested on I-85 for credit card fraud
by Wes Mayer
Three people suspected of being involved in a credit card fraud ring were arrested Tuesday by Grantville authorities after they were stopped on the interstate with almost 50 stolen credit cards and an incriminating guidebook in their possession.
Around 10:30 p.m., officers with the Grantville Police Department stopped a vehicle traveling northbound on I-85 around the 35 mile marker, said Grantville Police Chief Javier Garcia. Officers spoke with two women and a man who were in the vehicle, but all three gave a false name. They were later correctly identified as Taquana Margaret Darden, 23, Latesha Alyssa Mills, 23 and Ashem Raja Jamal, 25, according to Grantville authorities.
According to Garcia, officers searched the vehicle and found 49 suspected fraudulent credit cards inside – of these, only five had a man’s name on them and most had women’s names. Officers also found a guidebook with written instructions on how to make and steal fraudulent credit cards.
There was also a large amount of food in the vehicle that led officers to believe the three people had tested the fraudulent credit cards to see if they worked, Garcia said.
Because there were more women’s credit cards than men’s, both female occupants – Darden and Mills – were charged with forgery of a financial transaction card, identity fraud, fraud obtaining goods and services with a financial transaction card and giving a false name to officers. Jamal was only charged with identity fraud and giving a false name to officers. According to Garcia, the Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office will have the option to add more counts to the suspects’ charges.
Authorities are now working with Mastercard and Visa to contact the numerous credit card fraud victims, Garcia said.