HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Harrisonburg Police Department arrested two New Jersey natives for credit card fraud and credit card larceny related offenses on July 27.
The day before, the victim reported to police that fraudulent statements appeared on her banking statement from July 25.
The victim reported the credit card had never been out of her possession and that she still possessed the card.
Further investigation revealed that the offenders had obtained the victim’s credit card number and had created fraudulent credit cards using the victim’s account information. The offenders then went to local store in Harrisonburg and purchased gift cards using the victim’s credit card information.
On July 27, a local merchant reported to the police department that the offenders were back in their store attempting to purchase additional gift cards utilizing a fraudulent credit card as payment.
Officers with the police department responded and arrested Melody Willie Bee Terry, 25, of Irvington, N.J. and Rahsiem Qudir Johnson, 22, of Newark, N.J.
Rahsiem Q. Johnson was charged with one felony count of attempted credit card theft, one misdemeanor count of credit card fraud, two misdemeanor counts of attempted credit card fraud, one misdemeanor count of receiving good under false pretense, one misdemeanor count of identity theft, one misdemeanor count of attempted identity theft.
While Melody Willie Bee Terry was charged with one felony count of credit card fraud and one felony count of conspiracy to commit credit card fraud.
Police are encouraging anyone in the community who may have been a victim of similar incidents over this past weekend to contact the Harrisonburg Police Department, Criminal Investigations Division, at 540-437-2640. Callers are able to remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050. Tipsters may also text “HPD” plus their tip to CRIMES (274637).
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