Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Retail fraud scheme ends in triple arrest; Daily incident report

  Arrested: Pranav Umesh, Elmhurst, NY

  Charges: Burglary (F), Criminal Possession of a Financial Transaction Card (F)

  Arrested: Tong F. Leong, 50, No Known Address

  Charges: Criminal Possession of a Financial Transaction Card (F)

  Arrested: Wen Zheng, 53, No Known Address

  Charges: Criminal Possession of a Financial Transaction Card (F)

   Boise Police financial and retail crimes detectives, working with local loss prevention agents, identified three suspects who had been involved in possible fraudulent activity that had taken place earlier in the day at a local merchant. Officers located the suspects in the parking lot of a retail store on the 1200 block of North Milwaukee yesterday, July 2nd, at approximately 12:30 p.m. Detectives determined that Pranav Umesh had just used a counterfeit credit card to obtain gift cards and merchandise in the store. A search of the suspect's vehicle revealed more than 100 counterfeit credit cards, multiple purchased gift cards from various stores, and other evidence indicating all three had been involved in the fraudulent activity. Boise Police property crimes detectives conducted a thorough investigation into the ring's illegal activities and have evidence that indicates they have been travelling the region conducting fraudulent transactions. Detectives have no evidence that indicates the credit card information was obtained locally. The suspects were transported to the Ada County Jail and booked on the above listed charges. Further charges in this case may be pending. 

Boise Financial Crimes Detectives and Retail Crime specialists work closely with local merchants to identify and prosecute suspects involved in theft and fraud, crimes that have a significant impact on consumer prices.

TITLE 18 CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS CHAPTER 31 FALSE PRETENSES, CHEATS AND MISREPRESENTATIONS 18-3125. Criminal possession of financial transaction card, financial transaction number and FTC forgery devices. It is a felony punishable as provided in subsection (3) of section 18-3128, Idaho Code, for any person: (1)To acquire an FTC or FTC number from another without the consent of the card holder or the issuer, or to, with the knowledge that it has been so acquired, receive an FTC or FTC number with the intent to use to defraud, or to sell, or to transfer the FTC or FTC number to another person with the knowledge that it is to be used to defraud.

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   Arrested: Michelle F. Mcintosh, 33, Boise

   Charges: Four counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Meth)(F)

    Boise Police Narcotics Detectives arrested Michelle Mcintosh yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation into the sale of meth in our community. Detectives have evidence that indicates the suspect sold a combined 40 grams total package weight of meth on three separate occasions over the last two months. The sales took place at three locations in Boise. The combined value of the three sales of meth exceed $2,000.00

About BANDIT: The Boise Police BANDIT Task Force investigates illegal drug sales and trafficking, as well as gambling and prostitution. Detectives with B.A.N.D.I.T. (Boise Area Narcotics and Drug Interdiction Task Force), are commissioned to protect the community from illegal activity.

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   Warrant Arrested: Amber R. Barnes, 34, Nampa

    Warrant Charges: Grand Theft (F)

     The suspect was taken into custody on an outstanding felony warrant for Grand Theft yesterday.

    The arrest warrant stems from an ongoing investigation into the theft of furniture from a garage in September of last year. Evidence indicates the suspect, who is known to the victim, was involved in the theft of the furniture from a residence in downtown Boise when the owner was not present. Officers later determined the suspect had been involved in the sale of the items to obtain cash. That investigative information was forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and resulted in the felony warrant.

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Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information