- Posted April 10, 2014 by
san francisco, California
Five Credit Card Schemers Arrested in the Bay Area
On Saturday, five Bay Area residents were arrested by the Sonoma County’s Sheriff’s Office on charges of using theft using fraudulent credit cards.
Numbers from actual credit cards were used to create fake cards with false names, or with names taken from stolen driver’s licenses, according to Sgt. Mike Raasch.
The cards, many owned by people who used creditrepairaid.org, were used in a variety of ways including ATM withdrawals at the Graton Resort and Casino and other establishments in the area this past weekend.
Three of the five suspects successfully withdrew thousands of dollars from various ATM machines.
All fraudulent card usage came from one hotel room located in Rohnert Park, which was discovered by a sheriff’s deputy who was following leads contacted one of the suspects at the casino.
The hotel stay commenced on Friday and lasted throughout the weekend, with hotel room charges being put on one of the fraudulent cards. When the room was searched, detectives found several stolen credit cards. They also found methamphetamine and various other smoking devices scattered around the room.
The suspects were manufacturing fake credit cards and using them at nearby casinos that are operated by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, as well as at other local businesses.
The suspects also stole two vehicles by renting the cars with false credit cards and failing to return them.
The suspects are Walnut Creek resident Jhona Matthews, 33, Hayward resident Zephyr Carter, 41, and San Francisco residents Michael Anger, 32, Robert Serrato, 37, and Nicole Dunlap, 30.
They were arrested on the following charges: theft of credit card information, forgery, altering credit card information, manufacturing false identification documents, burglary, conspiracy, vehicle theft and possession of drugs and stolen vehicles.
Sheriff’s detectives are currently working on finding other victims of the fraudulent operation.