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Routine Traffic Stop Breaks Credit Card Fraud Ring

by on January 4, 2012

HIGHSTOWN, NJ – A man was charged with identify theft, forgery, credit card theft, and possession of stolen property after he was stopped by police during a routine traffic stop. Isaac Johnson, 24, of Lawrence Township, was pulled over by the Hightstown police for going 43 mph in a 25 mph area.

During a search, police discovered nine MasterCards and five Visa cards in two different people’s names, which led police to believe they could be stolen. Detective Benjamin Miller decided to contact the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the United States Secret Service.

After further investigation, the Hightstown police obtained a search warrant for both Johnson’s home and the car. Investigators found an embossing machine, used to imprint numbers on credit cards, a skimming machine, used to copy information from a credit card’s magnetic strip, and 26 additional credit cards in Johnson’s home. In his car, investigators found two more fraudulent credit cards and a credit card reader/writer.

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