Birmingham man accused of credit card fraud

When someone is charged with a crime, a great deal is at stake. A person could face time behind bars and their reputation could suffer, making it difficult to find a job and a place to live. However, a person remains innocent unless they are proven guilty in a court of law.

One man in Birmingham will likely be working to prove his innocence after he was arrested for alleged credit card fraud. The man now faces state and federal fraud charges.

According to officials, the man tried to buy cigarettes with a fraudulent credit card at a local Sam's Club. Authorities were alerted when a store clerk and loss prevention officer spotted the phony credit card.

Authorities say they confiscated 10 counterfeit credit cards from the man during his arrest. They claim that 39 other cards were found in his car along with 191 cartons of cigarettes. Police say the man was planning to re-sell the cigarettes in a nearby state.

A few days after the man's arrest, authorities searched his apartment and allegedly found two laptop computers, a credit-card re-coding device and unmarked cards with magnetic strips on the back.

Police do not believe the man acted alone. They say the credit card that he used at the local Sam's Club bore the name of a man who they believe is his alleged accomplice. The alleged accomplice, however, had been arrested a month earlier in North Carolina for possession of counterfeit credit cards.

Although it is unknown at this time how this specific case will turn out, someone in a similar situation would be wise to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can work to defend an individual and mitigate any potential consequences.

Source: The Birmingham News, "Birmingham man charged in connection with counterfeit credit cards," Kent Faulk, April 4, 2012

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