Local Credit Card Bust Grows

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says there could be more arrests in the credit fraud bust from last week. Detectives say Tony Acreus, Jeremy Frazier, and Timothy Johns were arrested for using stolen credit card numbers from Heartland Processing Systems--a New Jersey-based company that electronically processes cards for hundreds of thousands of companies and banks. The men made fraudulent purchases at local Wal-Marts in our area.

Now authorities, including the secret service, are trying to track down the stolen data. Detective Doris Mueller with the Leon County Sheriff's financial crimes unit said, "During the course of 2008, many many many cards, the estimate right now is that there are a quarter of a million businesses and a hundred million card numbers nationwide."

Authorities say Heartland is one of the largest card processors in the nation handling accounts from a wide variety of credit card companies. The Leon County Sheriff's Office says the stolen account numbers are being sold in dark on-line chat rooms.

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