Three accused of using bogus credit cards at mall
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 4:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 4:51 p.m.
The purchase of some expensive fragrances with fraudulently obtained credit cards led to the arrest Tuesday night of three people on charges related to fraud, the Gainesville Police Department reported.
Arrested were Fernando Rafael Riveri Pena, 28, of 1141 SW 75th Ave.; Yisel Gomez Paumier, 26; and Rainel Bellon, 23.
The incident occurred at Belk in The Oaks Mall. A store loss prevention officer saw the trio use Belk gift cards to buy several bottles of fragrances.
An officer wrote in the report that he knew of several organized groups that use counterfeit credit cards to buy store gift cards, which are then used to buy expensive merchandise, which is then either returned to another store for cash or sold on the street.
Police followed the trio as they drove off and then pulled the car over because one of them was not wearing a seat belt.
Paumier threw several credit cards and a Pennsylvania driver’s license under the car, the report states, adding the cards appeared to be counterfeit. A check of the driver’s license showed it was fictitious.
Under police questioning, Pena said the credit cards were fake and that he bought them from a man in Tampa for $10 each, police reported.
Bellon told police they used some counterfeit cards in Ocala before going to The Oaks Mall to use other counterfeit cards to buy the Belk gift cards, which they then used to buy the perfume, the arrest report states. They said they planned to sell the merchandise for cash.
Pena was charged with possession of a fake driver’s license, possession of counterfeit credit cards and scheming to defraud.
Paumier was charged with possession of a fake driver’s license, possession of counterfeit credit cards, scheming to defraud and tampering with evidence.
Bellon was charged with possession of counterfeit credit cards and fraud.
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