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 Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.