By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Renold Egalite (left photo), 29, and Herbert Bax, also 29, both from Brooklyn, New York, were charged with falsifying and tampering with records, Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.
Yesterday at approximately 5:53 pm, a Port Authority police officer pulled over a white Nissan Sedan near the intersection of Manilla and 14th Streets outside the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City, officials said.
After police computer check showed that Bax, who was driving the vehicle, had $1,300 in tickets due to four outstanding tickets in New Jersey, he was placed under arrest, authorities said, with the car being impounded for unregistered/fictitious plates.
Egalite, who was the passenger in the vehicle, arrived at the Port Authoritys Holland Tunnel location shortly thereafter to post bail for Bax, Pentangelo explained.
An inventory of the Nissan revealed 14 credit cards in Baxs name, as well as 14 gift cards. After both suspects were interviewed by Port Authority police detectives, they admitted the credit cards were fraudulent, police said.
After is was discovered that Egalite also owed $1,300 in outstanding traffic warrants, he was transported to the Hudson County jail in Kearny, officials said.
The second man was about the same size, wearing a white floppy hat, and the third was of medium build, wearing a black fedora and glasses, police said. They were seen leaving in a white or silver sedan, but the video didnt get the license plate, according to a report.
On June 22, a woman shopping in a Willow Festival store reported getting a telephone call from her husband indicating that he had received a fraud alert from one of their credit card companies, police said.
She said that her wallet, which had been in her purse in her shopping cart, was gone, police said. She soon learned that her credit cards had been quickly used at Glenview stores at a cost of $11,000, police said.
Police said she recalled that shortly before the theft a woman seemed to be following her around the store.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday announced plans to give credit cards to college students, free Wi-Fi in all university and colleges and 35% reservation to women in all government jobs, provided he is voted again to power.
He unveiled an integrated seven-point agenda worth Rs 2.70 lakh crore for the next five years, including Rs 49,800 crore for the welfare of Bihar's youth and job quota for women.
The strategy to catch the attention of the youth and women is significant because nearly 24 lakh first-time voters will cast their votes in the autumn assembly election, dubbed as a make-or-break battle between the JD(U)-RJD-Congress grand alliance headed by Kumar and the BJP-led NDA.
"Bihar has the highest population of youth. And to achieve development targets we plan to have an integrated action plan to provide student credit cards to those who have passed class 12, free Wi-Fi access in all universities and colleges, self-help allowance and registration and employment advice centres to assist them find their footing," he said.
He borrowed heavily from newfound friend Arvind Kejriwal's free Wi-Fi promise in Delhi as Bihar has 2.12 crore voters in the 18-29 age group, the main internet users. Also, he added his own ingenuity to the package by pledging a registration and employment advice centre in each of the 38 districts.
The proposed credit card scheme will help students get an education loan of Rs 4 lakh for higher studies with the government chipping in with an interest subvention of 3%.
"All unemployed youth, aged 20 to 25, would be provided a self-help allowance of Rs 1,000 for nine months to help them explore job avenues and appear in outstation interviews," he said.
Kumar positioned his agenda as a plan to provide a leg-up to development, but his emphasis on quota for women was a giveaway that he was angling for the support of more than three crore women voters who constitute almost half of the state's total electorate.
At present, women are entitled to 35% quota in police jobs. "We have provided 50% reservation for them in panchayats. If I get another chance, I will ensure they get reservation of 35% in all government jobs in the state," he said.
Women's reservation in panchayats paid huge electoral dividends for Kumar in the 2010 assembly election.
For first-generation entrepreneurs, the chief minister said a Rs 500-crore venture capital fund will be in place to assist them financially.
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For Cleveland County law enforcement in Oklahoma, it was an excellent find. Police discovered a storage unit which has all kinds of equipment utilized to steal money from credit cards and bank accounts. The raid took place in Moore.
The tip which led to this bust came from a local business. TheWal-Mart Stores, Inc.(NYSE:WMT)branch at that location made contact with the police regarding suspicious activities of a few people buying gift cards. They then came again the next day and bought again large quantity of gift cards. The police acquired a description of their vehicle and stopped the suspects. According to Jeremy Lewis, a sergeant of Moore Police Department, the officers found large quantities of credit cards and gift cards. The information gathered from the scene took them to a storage unit.
The police found larger number of cards, machines and gas pump skimmers to make the fake credit cards. It seemed that all the equipment was there to help them steal money. Lewis said that when a customer swipes the credit card, the information is recorded and the requisite is imprinted on a blank card- both credit and debit. The criminals then enter Walmart and buy gift cards. These cards are almost untraceable since it has the customers money in it.
According to police officers, this is an important discovery. Law enforcement has found a lot of information taken from victims. There was also the equipment. A Secret Service officer is presently tracking cards to find out how they were utilized to trace the suspects footsteps. They are of the belief that this case will lead to much bigger operations. More arrests may occur.
Cloning of cards
Skimming a credit card means someone illegally obtains the details of your credit card and copies them into a counterfeit card. The holder will then use the bogus credit card like a normal one. This is a new method of stealing money and information.
To pull this criminal scheme, criminals recruit a person who is a willing participant in this criminal activity. The former tries to lure shop assistants or bartenders or anyone who handles volumes of credit cards every day. The recruit is then given a small device with scanning slot. This looks similar to a pager and cards are swiped through this device. Since this process involves only few seconds, the matter is done without any fuss. No other customer or employee may even notice this device.