Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Officers Bust traveling Counterfeit Credit Card ring

Arrested: Jian Qing Chen, 48, Temple City, CA

Arrested: Wei Wang, 29, Montery Park, CA

Arrested: Xin Zhao, 26, Winter Park, CA

Charged: Criminal possession of financial transaction card (F) ISC 18-3125

Boise Police were notified this morning by local employees of a major retail chain about suspects attempting to use what appeared to be counterfeit credit cards at one of the retailers local stores.

Based on descriptions of the suspects and a suspect vehicle, Boise Police were able to locate the suspects in the area of West Franklin Road and North Milwaukee Street early this afternoon.

Officers found the suspects, all of whom have out-of-state identification, to be in possession of multiple counterfeit credit cards, or cards made using stolen financial account numbers. Officers found evidence the suspects were using the counterfeit cards to purchase store gift cards and merchandise at stores in both Boise and Meridian. Evidence recovered also indicates that the group had traveled from California just yesterday for the purpose of perpetrating this counterfeit credit card scheme here in Idaho.

Detectives with the Boise Police Financial Crimes Unit were able to contact one victim who confirmed his credit card number was one of those being used by the suspects today. The victim was not yet aware the account had been compromised.120313 ORC Arrests

To prevent against credit card fraud officers urge financial card users to 

  • Carefully review your financial statements on a regular basis for possible errors and or fraud.
  • Check your credit regularly.
  • When traveling or making Internet purchases use a credit card instead of a debit card. Fraudulent charges are easier to resolve with a credit card.

Today's arrests are thanks in large part to the Boise Police Department’s Organized Retail Crime Unit. The ORC Unit has developed a cooperative relationship with loss prevention agents from many local retail stores, large and small, local stores and national chains. The goal of the ORC Unit is to work with retailers and the Boise business community to reduce retail theft and fraud, crimes that have significant impacts on consumer prices.

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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;

(2)To acquire an FTC or FTC number that he knows to have been lost, mislaid, or delivered under a mistake as to the identity or address of the card holder, and to retain possession with the intent to use to defraud or to sell or transfer to another person with the knowledge that it is to be used to defraud;

(3)To, with the intent to defraud, knowingly possess a false, fictitious, counterfeit, revoked, expired or fraudulently obtained FTC or any FTC account number;

(4)To, with the intent to defraud, knowingly obtain or attempt to obtain credit or purchase or attempt to purchase any goods, property or service, by use of any false, fictitious, counterfeit, revoked, expired or fraudulently obtained FTC or FTC account number;

(5)To, with the intent to defraud, knowingly produce to another person or procure, a false, fictitious, counterfeit, revoked, expired or fraudulently obtained FTC or any FTC account number;

(6)To, with the intent to defraud and while making an application for an FTC to an issuer, knowingly make or cause to be made, a false written or oral statement or representation respecting his name, personal identifying information, occupation, financial condition, assets, or to materially undervalue any indebtedness for the purpose of influencing the issuer to issue an FTC.