A pair of Columbus men who allegedly used personal information from consumers to create hundreds of fake credit and debit cards may be part of a larger ring, officials said.
Both men were indicted this week in Warren County after they were arrested at the Franklin Walmart after they allegedly bought about $2,400 in merchandise and gift cards with credit and debit cards they created using stolen bank account information, according to Prosecutor David Fornshell.
Mohamed B. Jalloh, 24 and Shawn L. McCoy, Jr., 19, both of Columbus, were indicted on several charges involving stolen and forged credit cards.
Fornshell said the two allegedly obtained credit and debit card numbers and then used some sort of equipment to make the fake cards or at least use the bank information to obtain the cards. He said he is not certain where they obtained the numbers, but since many different banks were involved it doesn’t appear to be an inside bank job.
Alert cashiers apparently noticed that the men were using numerous different bank cards at the self check-out to purchase mainly gift cards. When police were summoned, they allegedly found Jalloh made 14 purchases totally $1,373 with fake credit cards and McCoy purchased 11 items totalling $1,060, according to Fornshell.
“Collectively, when police were able to catch them doing this, they had 121 cards, that were these recoded cards bearing stolen credit card account information,” he said.
Fornshell said by purchasing the gift cards, there was less chance that someone would report a loss on their card, before they could get the cash through the gift card.
The Consumer Sentinel Network of the U.S. Department of Justice reported in July that the total amount of credit card fraud reported worldwide had reached $5.55 billion and counterfeit credit cards were the highest percentage of all types of credit card fraud at 37 percent. The median amount stolen for credit card fraud was $399.
Officials in Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said they are aware of these types of cases and the easiest way for criminals to get credit and debit card information is through sophisticated “skimming devises” crooks attach to gas pumps and ATMs.
Fornshell said the pair face a maximum of four years in prison if they are found guilty on all four felony-five counts. He said the case however could be much bigger than the Franklin Walmart.
“We believe these guys are part of a larger ring,” he said.