Walter Mencken 6:15 p.m., Feb. 28
LA Credit Card Counterfeiters Caught at Local Casino
San Diego Sheriff’s deputies in Valley Center arrested six individuals from the Los Angeles area over the weekend suspected to be part of a complex credit card theft ring.
Around 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning, deputies responded to a call from security at Pala Casino saying they had detained several individuals. On arrival, they realized the individuals were wanted as part of a larger ongoing investigation, wherein suspects manufactured counterfeit credit cards using legitimate numbers that had been stolen or compromised, then brought the bogus cards to San Diego area casinos to fraudulently obtain cash advances, either from ATMs or casino cashiers. The crew is said to have been particularly active in the last two months.
Those arrested include Ali Qadir Aljadir (33) of Los Angeles, Dan David Enriquez (27) of Baldwin Park, Sarah Howbert (26) of Chino, Josephine Chai (27) of Hacienda Heights, Tracy Ser (34) of Rowland Heights, and Keith Shigetomi (34) of Rowland Heights. All suspects were booked into Vista Detention Facility, bail for each person was set at $1 million.
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