Credit Card Fraud Arrest

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Credit Card Fraud Arrest

Storm Lake, IA (KICD) — An arrest is made along with the recovery of hundreds of credit cards and debit cards.

Storm Lake Police have been investigating for several weeks a report of a person going into the Storm Lake Wal-Mart Store and allegedly purchasing gift cards with a fraudulent credit card. Security video shows the male subject using eleven different cards until finding a card that was accepted for the purchase of the gift cards. In addition, police received information from victims in Michigan and Colorado that someone was reportedly using their credit card numbers for purchases in Storm Lake.

Police secured video of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving from the Wal-Mart Store in Storm Lake. On Tuesday evening, a Storm Lake Police Officer while on patrol observed 33-year old Yoirlan Rojas of Storm Lake, driving a vehicle.  Both matched the description of the vehicle and person that was reportedly using the fraudulent credit cards.

While investigating Rojas, police allege they located one of the gift cards purchased with the fraudulent credit card at Wal-Mart. Rojas was then taken to the police station for additional questioning, and then obtained a search warrant for his residence.

Around 12:45 this morning Storm Lake Police executed the search warrant at the Rojas residence, searching the apartment and a related storage area. Police located and seized over $1,800.00 in cash, money transfer receipts, cellular telephones, bank account records, 225 credit cards, 50 pre-paid debit cards, 50 gift cards, 25 blank credit cards, retail information from around the country, and a stockpile of new merchandise.

Police allege that Rojas was obtaining credit card information from victims, manufacturing or re-coding credit cards with stolen account information, and then making purchases using the manufactured credit cards.

As a result, Storm Lake Police charged Rojas with Ongoing Criminal Conduct, a class B felony, Money Laundering, a class C felony, 2 counts of Illegal Use of a Reencoder, class D felonies, 2 counts of Forgery class D felonies, and 3 counts of Unlawful Use of a Credit Card.  He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $100,000.00 cash bond.

The investigation is continuing and has been joined by the US Secret Service.