3 arrested for trying to use fake credit cards, police say

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.

Three men with more than $4,000 in cash among them were arrested at a Gainesville fast food restaurant when they tried to use fake credit cards to buy $33 worth of food, a report said.

Xamiere Parke, 26; Cyril Usen, 27; and Taifour Kaba, 28, were arrested by Gainesville Police around 11 p.m. and all charged with trafficking in counterfeit credit cards.

A cashier at the drive-through window at the Burger King at 3905 Archer Road called police after Usen tried paying for food with seven different credit cards. All the credit cards had different names, and all of them were declined, police said.

Police were called by the cashier, who told them Usen appeared impatient and asked her why the process was taking so long. He then got a different card from Kaba and used it to pay $33.87 for the food, police said.

The group then parked and Usen went into the Burger King and argued with the cashier over his order and the way she had spoken to the men.

Police searches found about 46 fraudulent cards on Usen, Kaba and in their 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe. The car was rented from an Enterprise location in Houston, and the men told police they were on their way to Miami. Their stories about why they were in Gainesville conflicted, police said.

Police found $1,284 in cash on Usen and $3,364 on Kaba. Neither could provide a plausible source for the cash, according to police reports. They also found a laptop with a magnetic card reader/writer in the SUV.

The three men were booked into the Alachua County Jail around 5 a.m. Thursday.

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