By Isaac Ray
A man was arrested after police uncovered a fraud scheme he had been running where he used accomplices to help him load gift cards from stolen credit cards.
On March 4, the Coral Springs Police stopped a maroon Nissan Maxima after a screening of the tag revealed it did not match the vehicle. During the stop at the Target at 4400 North State Road 7, officers also found the driver, Brion Jack Jones, 28, of Opa Locka, had a suspended license — his third offense.
According to the report, Jones told police he knew the tag did not belong to the car he was driving, and his license was suspended. During a search, police discovered several gift cards and a credit card bearing the name of a man who was not in the vehicle.
After interviewing the two passengers inside the vehicle, they admitted to police that Jones had driven them to Target with the stolen credit card to purchase $100 gift cards. Police also found a receipt that confirmed the victims’ card was used at Target to purchase four $100 gift cards and a coloring book.
Police gave Jones a chance to explain his side of the story; however, he refused to admit guilt and said he was only in the Target parking lot to urinate in the bushes. According to the report, police knew his story was false because, before the traffic stop, they watched his car in the parking lot for thirty minutes.
Jones later admitted that he did not know anyone who went by the person’s name on the credit card. Police arrested him, and he was transported to the Broward County Main Jail. He was later released after posting $5,775 bail.
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