CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The U.S. Attorney's Office will prosecute an alleged credit card fraud case against five people arrested after shopping at Sam's Club on Veterans Parkway. Federal agents said the group is from New York and may have been traveling the country using counterfeit credit cards.
Store security personnel notified Clarksville Police when the store's internal system alerted employees of possible fraud.
Trevor Hinds, Tycia Peterson, Paul Roberson, Blandine Joseph and Amanda Adam are facing felony charges of using and possessing more than fifteen counterfeit and unauthorized access devices. They are also facing conspiracy to commit the alleged offenses.
Clarksville police arrested the five individuals April 3.
Paul Johnson, the Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, said the cards are reproduced "into what we call white plastic to make them look like genuine credit cards. So there's actual names and actual victims out there."
"They sought to purchase ipads and gift cards from the Sam's Club location," said Joseph Hogsett, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.
Police received information from Sam's Club that the suspects were attempting to use fraudulent credit cards. The Sam's Club employee gave police a description of the suspects and their vehicle.
Officers located the vehicle at Red Lobster on Greentree Blvd where they found the suspects and searched their vehicle. According to a criminal complaint, police discovered more than 300 fake credit cards in their possession. Police also recovered counterfeit money, fraudulent gift cards and bogus credit cards with the suspects names printed on them.
The vehicle itself is registered to a company in East Elmhurst, New York. In addition, law enforcement allegedly located additional credit cards that had been hidden in the men's and women's restrooms inside the Red Lobster, according to Hogsett.
A judge set a $150,000 cash only bonds for each of the five suspects.
If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release at the end of their prison term.
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