3 arrested, 2 still at large in alleged credit card fraud ring

mfountain@thetribunenews.comJuly 15, 2014 

UPDATE: 5 p.m.: Paso Robles police have identified two additional suspects in an alleged credit card fraud ring as 27-year-old Rana Payton and 29-year-old Christina Jones, both of Los Angeles.

As of Tuesday afternoon, neither had been located, and investigators are asking for the public’s help.

Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 237-6464.

Original story: Three Los Angeles-area residents were arrested in Paso Robles on Monday afternoon in connection with an alleged credit card fraud ring, and authorities believe at least two suspects remain at large.

At about 4:30 p.m., Paso Robles police officers responded to the Citibank on the 1600 block of Spring Street for a report of possible fraudulent credit card transactions using stolen card information. The bank had been notified by other bank branches in Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and Grover Beach that a group of suspects was traveling north using fraudulent cards at banks to withdraw cash from unsuspecting victims’ accounts, according to a news release.

Officers then located a suspect vehicle a short distance away from the bank. In a search of the vehicle, officers allegedly discovered 46 credit cards, more than $7,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia. Every card was fraudulent, according to the Paso Robles Police Department, and featured altered numbers and fraudulent information on their magnetic strips, which store users’ account information.

Investigators believe the stolen account information embedded in the magnetic strips came from credit card “skimming” machines, which steal victims’ information when they use their cards at breached point-of-sale devices.

Danielle Lynn Williams, 34, of Long Beach and Alan Keith Dixson, 47, and Reginald Kent Wilder, 53, both of Los Angeles, were arrested on suspicion of theft of credit card information, fraudulent use of a credit card, grand theft, commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime, all felonies.

Officials believe there may be at least two other suspects traveling in separate vehicles. The investigation is ongoing, and police are attempting to identify the remaining suspects.

According to jail logs, all three suspects remained in custody as of Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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