Poughkeepsie Trio Charged in Credit Card Fraud Investigation
Three from Poughkeepsie have been arrested in connection with alleged credit card fraud that took place at multiple locations dating back to February.
Approximately two weeks ago, the Dutchess County Sheriff's began investigating several cases of credit card fraud, and as a result of the investigation, three Poughkeepsie residents were arrested.
Chavon C. Cotterell, 24 of Poughkeepsie (pictured above) along with two underage females were arrested and charged with Possession of a Forged Instrument, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, and Identity Theft, all felonies.
All three are accused of coding blank credit cards with stolen information, then using those cards to make fraudulent purchases at various stores.
The equipment used to code the credit cards, the blank credit cards themselves,and the stolen information were all acquired online. At this time the amount of stolen property totals over $8,000 and is expected to increased as the investigation continues and more victims are discovered.
All three were processed and released with appearance tickets returnable to court later this month. The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible at a later time.