Two people have been arrested in Hernando County and are facing multiple fraud and drug charges in connection with an alleged credit card fraud scheme.
The pair have been booked into the Hernando County Jail.
A detective with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said this is one of the largest credit card schemes she’s seen here in the county in the 18 years she’s been with the department.
This all started with an investigation into a fraudulent return refund case, but detectives said they soon learned much more.
On Sunday, detectives arrested the two for fraudulent credit card charges at a Bed Bath and Beyond retail location. When detectives arrived at their Spring Hill home, they discovered the two were allegedly growing marijuana at the location.
On Monday, they came back with a search warrant for the drugs. During their search they claim they found dozens of items used to make fake credit cards, as well as skimmer devices used to capture people’s credit card information.
Credit card fraud is taken very seriously by law enforcement in Florida. Those convicted of credit card fraud are often subjected to stiff penalties, so it is crucial to the outcome of your case to understand your legal options.
In the state of Florida, if a credit or debit card was used to obtain more than $100 worth of goods or property more than twice in six months, the crime is considered a third-degree felony. If the card was used to acquire less than $100, it is considered a first-degree misdemeanor.
If you have been charged with credit card fraud, it is important to have an experienced defense attorney in Florida on your side who has experience defending credit card fraud charges. Our Hernando County Criminal Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton have extensive experience helping defendants fight all types of fraud charges.
Contact us now to schedule a free initial consultation. We are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 352-666-2121.