GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Gainesville Police Department has arrested two men allegedly involved in the fraudulent use and trafficking of credit cards.
Edel Gomez, 25, attempted to use a fraudulent credit card to purchase a $400 gift card at a Gainesville Walgreens Pharmacy Tuesday, according to a release from the GPD.
Gomez allegedly drove away from the scene and officers later stopped Gomez and searched his vehicle, according to GPD.
Police found the credit card they believe Gomez attempted to use to purchase the gift card. The card appeared to have a Bank of America number printed on a US Bank card bearing Gomez's name, the release detailed.
Additionally, the reports states, $3,950 worth of various gift cards and over 30 cartons of cigarettes were also located during the vehicle search.
Gomez was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, trafficking in counterfeit credit cards and scheme to defraud.
The vehicle officers believe Gomez used to flee the scene belonged to
Gomez's passenger, 31-year-old Yuneski Perdomo, who was charged with being an accessory after the fact.
GPD Economic Crimes Detective Matt Goeckel, a member of the US Secret Service Northeast Florida Task Force assisted in the investigation.
"Thanks to the diligence of the store manager and a quick response by GPD patrol officers, we were able to catch these guys" Goeckel said. "At this point, we believe they are part of a much larger ring, and we will be conducting our investigation concurrently with the US Secret Service to identify all parties involved. More importantly, we will attempt to determine how the victim's information was compromised."
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