Illinois man arrested in GH for credit card fraud

An Illinois man was arrested Saturday for credit card fraud after a clerk at a Grand Haven-area gas station alerted police to the suspicious activity.
Tribune Staff
Jun 24, 2014


A clerk at the Wesco station, 14750 Mercury Drive, was alerted by a clerk at the Wesco station in Spring Lake about suspicious purchases of prepaid credit cards, said Capt. Steve Kempker of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

“The clerks had information from the Wesco security to be on the lookout for this type of activity,” Kempker said.

Kempker said the suspect made the purchase with a "cloned" credit card at the Grand Haven Township store at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The clerk provided police with information about the suspect, and he was arrested later that afternoon in the City of Grand Haven by Grand Haven public safety officers.

The suspect, a 59-year-old man from Park Forest, Ill., is being held in the Ottawa County Jail. His name is being withheld until he is arraigned on several charges, including credit card fraud, Kempker said.

The Sheriff’s Department is being assisted by the U.S. Secret Service as it appears this criminal activity has occurred in other locations throughout Michigan, Kempker added.



Prevention is often worth a ton of cure. According to the Federal Trade Commission, one of the first-line defenses against credit card fraud, especially in case of credit card theft, is to safeguard the physical card itself. If a card is lost or stolen, report the loss immediately. Source:


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