Four Persons Charged in Counterfeit Credit Card Scheme
April 15, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A citizen’s tip coupled with outstanding police work led to Monday night’s arrest of four persons who traveled to Nashville to purchase gift cards using counterfeit credit cards at two Wal-Mart locations, 4040 Nolensville Pike and 5531 Edmondson Pike.
Fraud Unit detectives responded to the Red Roof Inn, 4271 Sidco Drive after receiving a tip that four persons at the hotel were engaging in illegal activity. They saw Olakunle Ijiti, 32, Samuel Cole, 25, Dorishatu Turay, 24, and Olayinka Bangura, 26, get into a white BMW and drive to both Wal-Mart locations where they used counterfeit credit/debit cards encoded with stolen numbers to purchase $2,800 worth of gift cards.
Fraud detectives stopped them for investigation. Seized in a subsequent search of the BMW and their hotel rooms were more than 100 gift cards, two computers, a device used to encode credit cards, more than $32,000 in blank money orders and numerous transaction receipts.
Cole and Ijiti apparently traveled to Nashville from Maryland while Turay and Bangura arrived from Miami. They are each charged with one count of criminal simulation and are free on $5,000 bond. Additional charges are likely.