Man Arrested on Credit Card Counterfeiting

An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy who made a traffic stop on a man driving erratically on Interstate Ten October 26th discovered marijuana, an unusual amount of credit cards, a laptop computer, a credit card reader/coder and bundles of merchant store gift cards inside the car.

48-year old Jesus Bello told investigators he was traveling from Lafayette Louisiana to his home in Miami and refused to answer questions about the credit card encoder. The OCSO conferred with the Secret Service in Tallahassee, which confirmed that Bello possessed what is described as a credit card counterfeit operation. The suspicious credit cards turned out to be fake. Bello in fact had thirty-nine credit cards with his name on the front, along with 115 merchant gift cards believed to be counterfeit.

He has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in counterfeit credit cards, possession and transfer of credit card making equipment, and use of a scanning device or re-encoder to commit fraud.

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