4 charged with using laptop, mobile device to make phony credit cards
Four Chicagoans are believed to have traveled to several gas stations around DeKalb County, using a computer and portable credit card coder…to make fraudulent credit card purchases.
One man is in custody in Chicago, and three others are being sought, after they reportedly went around the county – stopping at several Casey’s General Stores along the way.
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Police say they got a complaint from the Casey’s in Waterman on June 19th; employees say the suspects made purchases using several different credit cards…some of which were declined. One left the store, and then came back in with a different card to complete the purchase.
Deputies conducted a traffic stop around 6 p.m. at Route 30 and Shabbona Road; the suspects initially refused to get out of the vehicle when asked to, but eventually did – and deputies reportedly saw the laptop, coding machine and over 20 gift cards, as well as proceeds from the fraudulent purchases.
All were released pending further investigation, but the items were seized; now, 22-year-old Steven Bennett is being held in Chicago, and police are looking for 28-year-old Eric Nolan, 26-year-old Brandon Riley and 28-year-old Lacola Williams.
All are charged with counts including unlawful possession of machinery designed to reproduce credit cards, possession of a counterfeit card and possession of an altered card. Riley and Williams are also charged with multiple counts of unlawful use of a credit card.
Deputies say they also went to Casey’s in Maple Park, DeKalb, Somonauk, Leland and Plano as well as a business in Aurora.