2011-10-07 / Top Stories

Local Busted For Pennsylvania Fraud

Used Phony Credit Cards
By Howard Schwach

A Rockaway Park woman and her Queens accomplice were arrested by police officers from the Montgomery Township (Pennsylvania) Police Department for credit card fraud on Monday, October 3, sources in Pennsylvania say.

According to police sources, Anibal Rodriguez, 22, of 8600 Shore Front Parkway in the Dayton Beach Park complex and 19-year-old Raisa Cadang of the 9000 block of 190 Street in Hollis, Queens, were both arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy, access device fraud, theft by deception, forgery, identity theft, tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property, and possessing instruments of crime after being watched by Montgomery Township Police for several hours.

According to police sources, around 10:20 a.m. on Monday, the MTPD received a description of the two suspects and a warning that two people were going to local Giant food stores, one of the major supermarket chains in the state, and trying to use fraudulent and/or stolen credit cards.

The suspects had already tried to purchase gift cards and other items at several other Giant food stores in the area, including stores in Horsham and Upper Moreland Townships and possibly also in Bucks County, police said.

Officers were alerted by readio and spotted the suspects and their vehicle at the Montgomery Township Giant store, located at 1201 Knapp Road, around 11:25 a.m. and began surveillance, police said.

According to police, the two were stopped in their automobile by police on Knapp Road adjacent to the store, and investigation of their vehicle and theor persons revealed that the suspects used a fraudulent credit card to purchase merchandise, including a gift card, from that store.

The two were arrested after being identified by store officials.

The two were arraigned on Monday before District Judge Maurice H. Saylor of Gilbertsville, who set bail their at $10,000 cash apiece.

Both of them failed to post bail and they were taken to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, where they are being held pending their preliminary hearing.

Their hearings have been scheduled for 10 a.m. on October 13 before District Judge David Keightly of Montgomery Township.

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