ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Five South Carolina men pleaded guilty in Roanoke this week for their involvement in a credit card fraud scheme in the Southeast, according to the Department of Justice.
Authorities in Pearisburg responded to the Pearisburg Wal-Mart for a report of several men trying to use multiple debit cards to make purchases that were declined. A Wal-Mart employee said that he saw the same men in the store a week earlier doing the same thing, and gave police a description of the subjects’ vehicle.
Authorities then found the vehicle parked nearby and walked toward it. The vehicle had a strong marijuana smell. Police searched the vehicle and found a bag of green leafy material and 16 Visa debit cards.
Police found 92 Visa gift cards, one credit card skimmer and one HP laptop computer. The U.S. Secret Service revealed that 89 of the cards were re-encoded with stolen credit card number.
One of the suspects said the group targeted Wal-Mart stores in the Southeast because the store wanted to keep the lines moving, which worked in their favor.
Keyshawn Hunter, 27, of Florence, South Carolina, Daquan James, 24, of Darlington, S.C., Roland Bruce, 23, of Darlington, and Markese Robinson, 21 of Darlington, each pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Markese James, 22, of Darlington pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, the Pearisburg Police Department and the Giles County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation remains ongoing and additional defendants may be charged.