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Police: 3 charged in credit card scam planned Florida resale

Police: 3 charged in credit card scam planned Florida resale

SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Three men from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are accused of using phony credit cards to buy iPads, Xboxes and gift cards in Louisiana with plans to sell them at half-price in Florida, Slidell police said.

Police Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau said Wednesday a Wal-Mart worker alerted an off-duty police officer working as a store guard on April 22 because the men were using several credit cards, and some were being rejected.

The cards had the men's names on them, but the raised numbers did not always match those coded into the cards' magnetic strips, and they were programmed with other people's identities and bank account information, Seuzeneau said.

He said Brad Flowers, 24, Tacaveon Carson, 22, and Marquis Lloyd-Dawson, 21, were booked on charges of identity theft, theft by fraud over $1,000, access device fraud, bank fraud, forgery, monetary instrument abuse, computer fraud, and money laundering.

They were released on $25,000 bond each, the St. Tammany Parish sheriff's office said Wednesday.

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