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E. Moline Police Make Arrests In Credit Card Scheme

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They were all from out-of-town trying to buy gift cards at local drug stores for more than a week, but a store in East Moline wound up being their last.

East Moline police say four people are behind bars in connection with a credit card scam. Police were notified Dec. 16, 2013, after Walgreens discovered a group of people using fraudulent credit cards to buy Visa gift cards at area stores.

Then, at 4:20 p.m. on Christmas Eve., the Walgreens store in East Moline alerted police that it happened again. Police were able to stop four people as they tried to leave the parking lot.

Police say they found over 65 fraudulent credit cards. The investigation also revealed that the scheme involved numerous stolen credit card numbers that had been encoded onto fake credit cards. The cards were then used to buy valid Visa gift cards, which were to be sold on the streets in Chicago.

26-year-old Jerame Moore of Chicago, 22-year-old Mercedes Brown of Calumet City, 33-year-old Shaun Smith of Atlanta, GA and 26-year-old Felicia Jackson of Chicago were each charged with possession of counterfeit credit card and theft. They are being held in the Rock Island County Jail.