Rochester police recently announced the arrests of two men from out of state.
The men are accused of credit card fraud. They allegedly used "fraudulently obtained" credit cards to buy $9,000 worth of gift cards at area businesses.
The charges the two New York men face don't end there. A 22-year-old from Elmont, New York, faces a forgery charge as well as a possession of marijuana count. The other man, 20 years old, from New York City, was charged with cocaine possession, transportation of marijuana and driving after his license was suspended or revoked.
Police began their investigation after they got a call from a North Main Street grocery store. The caller said two men had just bought $400 in gift cards and wanted to buy another $800 worth, but that the credit card they were using was rejected.
Police arrived and looked for the pair, but couldn't find them. So they began looking in other stores, eventually locating them in a pet shop at Lilac Mall.
Law enforcement officials apparently searched the two New Yorkers, finding more than 100 gift cards worth more than $9,000. Police said the cards had all been purchased from area vendors.
A police statement said the men bought the cards by "fraudulently utilizing other gift cards" and with illegally obtained credit cards.
Each man was jailed in lieu of a $50,000 cash bail.
Police also recently arrested two other New York men who reportedly were in possession of illegally obtained credit cards, driver's licenses and stolen items.
A 44-year-old Queens man was charged with a half-dozen felonies, including conspiracy to commit theft, four counts of receiving stolen property and possession of an unnamed controlled substance.
A 30-year-old Saint Albans, New York, man faces eight misdemeanors in addition to a felony forgery charge.
All four face potential prison time and should discuss their cases with criminal defense attorneys to ensure protection of their rights and due process.
Source: Union Leader, "Rochester police arrest two N.Y. men in fraudulent credit card case," John Quinn, Jan. 14, 2014