A recent incident took place in Florida when police arrested two people after they allegedly attempted to make a purchase at a local department store. The 33-year-old man and 22-year-old woman must now face white collar crime charges. They were not arrested at the store but were taken into custody later that night.
Apparently, the man and woman are accused of trying to purchase approximately $1,200 worth of items using a credit card on a recent Tuesday in Vero Beach. Reportedly, the credit card the two tried to use had been subject to an account takeover in Jan. 2016. The man now charged supposedly admitted that he had been using the credit card and was hired by another person to do so.
At the point of purchase during the recent incident, the credit card was allegedly declined several times at the register. The two patrons reportedly exited the store after several failed attempts to use the card. At some point after they left the store, they were pulled over by a local deputy.
The man is currently being held in a Florida jail in lieu of bail set at $150,000. The woman is also being detained in lieu of $200,000 bail. Both now face various charges associated with white collar crime. Such charges often carry potential penalties of substantial monetary fines or extended time in prison. Therefore, it is typically crucial to build a strong defense and examine all options that might be available to help one avoid incarceration and achieve a positive outcome in court.
Source: tcpalm.com, “South Florida pair arrested in Vero Beach, found with fake ID’s, stolen credit cards“, Jan Lindsey, Jan. 27, 2016