Use of fraudulent credit cards ‘becoming fairly common’
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Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.

Last week, two men from Tampa tried to use fake credit cards to buy $ 400 worth of gift cards from a Walgreens in Gainesville. After they were denied, and the manager alerted police, Edel Gomez, 25, and Yuneski Perdomo, 31, were arrested in a vehicle near the store.

Gainesville police officers charged Gomez with fraudulent use of a credit card, trafficking in counterfeit credit cards and scheme to defraud. Perdomo was charged with accessory after the fact. Police think they may be part of a larger ring of criminals.

On Tuesday, two more men were arrested, accused of using fake credit cards, this time at the Oaks Mall. Both men, Boris Mauricio Betancourt Hernandez, 26, and Yoandy Cedeno Pena, 30, are also from Tampa. It’s too soon to know, police say, if the cases are related.

Detective Matt Goeckel, 31, part of the GPD’s Economic Crimes Unit, is the one who chases these criminals through trails of paper. Along with Detective Dave Cannon, he works backward from the crimes — contacting banks and verifying facts with credit companies — to build stronger cases. He’s been with GPD for about six years, he said, with two years in the unit. While it might not be the most exciting work to an outsider’s eyes, he s…………… continues on Gainesville Sun

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