2008-09-19 / Top Stories

Locals Locked Up In Upstate Credit Scam

By Nicholas Briano

Julian Outcalt (left), 24, of Far Rockaway was arrested along with local Ryan Raj (right), 19, in connection with an Albany area Wal-Mart credit card scam. Pictures courtesy of CBS 6 Albany. Julian Outcalt (left), 24, of Far Rockaway was arrested along with local Ryan Raj (right), 19, in connection with an Albany area Wal-Mart credit card scam. Pictures courtesy of CBS 6 Albany. Two Far Rockaway men are in an Albany area jail after police arrested them in connection with a credit card scamming operation at an area Wal- Mart.

Julian Outcalt, 24, of Dunbar Street and Ryan Raj, 19, of Bay 25 Street, along with two other individuals, tried to scam a Glenville Wal-Mart, using fake credit cards encoded with new stolen account information, according to area police.

The defendants allegedly walked into the store at 4:30 p.m. last Tuesday, September 9, and tried to use several different credit cards to purchase $269 worth of electronics. After several declined transactions, they finally found one that worked, which made store security suspicious of their activity.

According to reports, the Wal-Mart Asset Protection Team notified police, who investigated the credit cards, revealing that the suspects had several re-encoded credit cards and a skimmer device, which reads and writes the magnetic stripe of credit cards and gift cards, police said. The suspects also had two computers in their possession, which would send the stolen account information to the skimmer to make the fraudulent cards.

The men were charged with possession of a forged instrument and possession of a forged device. However, police expect additional charges to be brought on the suspects in coming court appearances in connection with the stolen identities. The four defendants were arraigned and held in Schenectady County Jail without bail.

Outcalt is no stranger to violating the law. In March 2003 he was arrested in Rockaway for possession of a loaded .380 automatic firearm and later that year in September he was wanted by police for a Far Rockaway robbery in which the victim was severely injured.

The seized equipment included two computers, a skimmer and fake credit cards. Pictures courtesy of CBS 6 Albany. The seized equipment included two computers, a skimmer and fake credit cards. Pictures courtesy of CBS 6 Albany.

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