Sarasota, Florida — The Sarasota County Sheriffs Office arrested four south Florida men using counterfeit credit cards to buy gift cards and merchandise at the Mall at University Town Center.
Detectives say asset protection saw two of the men making numerous purchases with multiple credit cards last week and notified them of the suspected activity. During the investigation, Capital One Bank confirmed the transactions were fraudulent.
On Tuesday, the men returned to the mall with two other men and they were watched by members of the Tactical Unit. They shopped separately with various credit cards at different stores and left the mall to put purchases in the trunk of their vehicle.
Deputies confronted the men in the parking lot and during a search of their wallets and the vehicle, found 23 credit cards with the mens names embossed on the front, but account numbers that did not match the encoded financial institution information on the back magnetic strip. The value of the gift cards and merchandise they bought over the two days exceeded $14,000.
Ricardy Multidor, Shnyder Rouzar, Vladimir Saint-Hilaire and Mickenson Desir have been charged with one count each of Trafficking in Counterfeit Credit Cards and are being held on $25,000 bond apiece. Additional charges are pending.