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2016
03/03

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Credit Cards

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Man arrested for using missing woman’s credit cards

SPOKANE, Wash. –

Its been more than three months since a beauty school student seemingly vanished from downtown Spokane.No one has heard from 35-year-old Deanne Hastings since early November.

A man isnow in jail after admitting to stealing and then usingDeanneHastings credit cards.Randy Riley is facing charges for possession of stolen property and identify theft. He has not been charged with having any involvement in her disappearance.

I would consider it a persons worst nightmare, said Mike Tibbets.

Its been roughly 14 weekssinceTibbets has seen the woman he had plans to marry…

The last thingI heard come out of her mouth was I love you, he said. She went to the store that night, and I havent seen her since.

And just like that. She was gone.Tibbets said Deanne Hastings has not had contact with her children, fiance, or any loved ones since November 3rd.

Shewas just a full of life person.

Mike admits Deanne has fallen off the grid before. He said shesgone missing for days at a time in the past.In fact,back in December, Spokane Police were asking Deanne to come forward to let them know she was alright.But that was two months ago,and still not a word from Deanne.She has no identification, no cell phone,no moneyand nocar.

We asked Tibbets if its possible Deanne wandered off on her own. His response was I hope so.

But he admits clinging to that hope is becoming increasingly difficult.Especially after hearing details fromRandyRiley.Riley is one of the last people who reported seeing Deanne.

Shewas drunk, he said.

Riley is currently in jail,facing charges he doesnt dispute.He admits he usedDeannes cards without her consent. He said he saw her walking on South Inland Empire Way. Tibbets believes Deanne was attempting to walk home.

Riley said he had never met Deanne before. He said the two spent two to four hours together after meeting on the road.

Detailsof what the two strangers did duringthat timewere unclear duringHayley Guenthnersinterview with Riley. Heclaimed Deanne was belligerent.

We left her standing on the side of the road, Riley said.

Riley claims 24 hours after that, he then stumbled across Deannes coatwith her wallet inside. He said the discoveryhappenedas he was running errands.Court documents showhe admitted to detectives thathe used her cards to rent movies at Red Boxandget groceries at Winco.He is adamant that thats where his criminal activity ends. He said he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

People dont just disappear, Tibbets said.Somebody sees something.

Spokane Police said this is currently classified as an active missing persons case. They said if you know where Deanne is, was, or may be now, you are urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

2016
03/02

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Will Pre-Activated Credit Cards Encourage Mail Theft?

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Putting his brand-new Chase Southwest Visa into his wallet, Jason Wood was surprised he was able to use it at a gas station without activating it first.

It went right through and worked.

He called Chase to learn that his card was pre-activated.

I asked them, Do you realize that this is promoting crime? Wood said.

Hes concerned itll drive thieves to break into mailboxes.

It certainly is surprising to me to see that banks would do this, he said.

Creditcards.coms Matt Schulz says most credit-card companies do require activation. But what if your card is already activated?

If somebody gets ahold of the card and uses it fraudulently, (consumers) wont be liable for any of those charges, Schulz said.

CBS2/KCAL9 News reached out to Chase, which said pre-activated cards are an industrywide practice. A spokesperson said customers are not liable for unauthorized transactions made to their accounts.

But what about Woods concerns about mailbox theft?

I cant comment on mail theft other than to say that we have seen no increase in customer complaints on this topic or fraud related to this, a Chase spokesperson said.

It still makes Wood uncomfortable.

The whole practice makes me feel a little bit angry, he said.

2016
03/02

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Police: Man bought 150 packs of cigarettes with fraudulent credit cards

SCRANTON — A New York state man faces charges in Scranton for using fraudulent credit cards to buy 150 packs of menthol cigarettes from a city store, Scranton police said.

Royale Peter Green, 27, of Freeport, is charged with access device fraud, theft by deception and receiving stolen property, according to a criminal complaint by Detective Jeffrey Jones.

Mr. Green used 12 different credit cards, which police learned were fraudulent, to purchase $1,005 worth of Newport 100 cigarettes, five packs at a time, between Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 from a store on the 1400 block of North Washington Avenue, police said.

Mr. Green is in Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

— JOSEPH KOHUT

2016
03/01

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Credit Ratings

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S&P Raises Argentina Credit Ratings: Macri Policies Working?

Argentinas beleaguered economy has managed to take a significant step toward recovery on Wednesday, Feb. 3, as the countrys local credit ratings were significantly raised by Standard and Poors. The Samp;Ps approval comes as a clear sign that the current projects and financial decisions of newly-elected Argentine president Mauricio Macri are working well, according to Bloomberg Business.

The new Administration has presented a credible plan to deal with long-standing macroeconomic imbalances, eliminated foreign-exchange restrictions, and begun negotiations with its holdout creditors. As a result, we are raising our long-term unsolicited local currency rating to B- from CCC+, analysts from Samp;P stated.

Since coming to power last December, President Macri has been particularly keen on settling cases that have been embroiling Argentinas economy. He has also been putting a lot of effort in expanding the countrys access to global markets.