EAST MOLINE - Police in East Moline have arrested four people who allegedly used counterfeit credit cards at a local Walgreens.
Jerame Moore, 26 of Chicago; Mercedes Brown, 22 of Calumet City; Shaun Smith, 33 of Atlanta, Ga., and Felicia Jackson, 26 of Chicago, were each charged with possession of a counterfeit credit card and theft. They are being held on a bond of $75,000 each at the Rock Island County Jail.
On Tuesday, Walgreens workers in East Moline reported the group had tried to use counterfeit credit cards to buy Visa gift cards, police said. Officers from the East Moline Police Department stopped the four people in a car as they were leaving the store.
Around 65 counterfeit credit cards reportedly were found in their possession. Police said stolen credit card numbers had been encoded on the fraudulently manufactured Rush Card Live and Green Dot credit cards.
The counterfeit cards were being used to buy valid Visa gift cards which the group planned to sell on the streets in Chicago, according to a news release from East Moline police.
Police said an investigation is continuing to identify possible victims of financial identity theft linked to the scheme.
Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff." 1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.