GPD: 2 Tampa men arrested after one tries to use fake credit card
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 12:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 12:52 p.m.
Two Tampa men who police believe are part of a crime ring have been arrested in connection with the use of a fake credit card at a drugstore.
Edel Gomez, 25, and Yuneski Perdomo, 31, were arrested Tuesday, Gainesville Police Department Officer Ben Tobias reported in a press release.
An investigation was launched when the manager of the Walgreens at 1615 NW 13th St. reported that a man, later identified as Gomez, attempted to use a fake credit card to buy a $400 gift card. When Gomez was denied, he drove off in a gray BMW sedan, Tobias said.
Officers Michael Kay and Scott Ferrel found the car in the 1600 blocks of Northwest 13th Street. Gomez and Perdomo were inside. Investigating officer Joseph Castor learned that the credit card Gomez attempted to use in Walgreens was a Bank of America number printed on a US Bank card.
A search of the car, which belongs to Perdomo, turned up 24 credit cards with Gomez’s name, $3,950 worth of various gift cards and more than 30 cartons of cigarettes
“Thanks to the diligence of the store manager and a quick response by GPD patrol officers, we were able to catch these guys,” said GPD Economic Crimes Detective Matt Goeckel. “At this point, we believe they are part of a much larger ring, and we will be conducting our investigation concurrently with the U.S. Secret Service to identify all parties involved. More importantly, we will attempt to determine how the victim’s information was compromised.”
Gomez was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, trafficking in counterfeit credit cards and scheme to defraud. Perdomo was charged with accessory after the fact.
Tobias said people should periodically review bank or credit card statements, and notify the bank at the first sign of any type of suspicious activity.
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