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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.