09-27-10 Officers & Retailers work together to bust Credit
Card Fraud Ring
Boise, Sept. 27, 2010 - Boise Police,
working with help from local retailers, have arrested two people
accused of making fake credit cards and using those cards to buy
several thousand dollars worth of items at local stores.
"They actually had a pretty
sophisticated operation," said Det. Monte Iverson of the Boise
Police Financial Crimes Unit. "We believe these suspects had come
to Boise for the purpose of committing these crimes, and take the
items back to California to resell them."
"We very much appreciate local retailers
who see suspicious activity and report it to us quickly so we can
stop it from happening. When retail stores see losses from fraud
and theft, sadly we all pay the price," said Det. Iverson.
While investigating the pair, Boise
Police found the suspects have a recent criminal history of similar
crimes in two California cities.
Arrested: Yvonne Oropeza, 34, Norwalk,
Charge: Forgery (F)
Arrested: Roland Rodriguez, III, 29,
Charge: Forgery (F)
What Happened:Boise Police investigators
with the BPD Organized Retail Crime Unit began receiving reports
early last week from employees of local retailers about
possible criminal activity involving fraudulent credit card
Detectives with the Boise Police
Financial Crimes Unit joined the investigation. Officers soon
learned that at least two people were using counterfeit credit
cards to make fraudulent purchases, and had used the cards at at
least 15 area stores. The fake credit cards were used to buy
electronics, two big screen TV's, clothing and other items
totalling several thousand dollars in purchases.
Detectives were able to track the
suspects to a local motel. Two of the suspects, named above, were
arrested at a Boise motel late Wednesday night. During the arrest,
officers were able to recover many of the items purchased with the
phony credit cards. Officers also found some of the tools
they believe the suspects used to actually manufacture the phony
Officers say this investigation is
ongoing. Additional charges are also possible against the two
suspects currently in custody.