Trio arrested for credit card fraud
Three Los Angeles men were arrested in connection with an alleged credit card fraud scheme in Aspen and elsewhere Saturday night, according to Aspen Police Officer Vicki Nall.
The three men – Roberto Guedea, 31, Jorge Frias, 29, and Ricardo Henriquez, 31 – were all being held in Pitkin County Jail without bond early Sunday evening, according to a jail official.
Nall said police received a call from a local business owner who had been targeted in the alleged scheme. And, with that individual’s help, police were able to track the trio to an address where they were known to be staying in the area, she said.
The men were arrested on three felony charges – unlawful use of a financial transaction device (credit card), theft and defrauding an innkeeper.
Nall said police are working to obtain a warrant to search the room where Guedea, Frias and Henriquez were staying, as well as one to search the vehicle they were driving.
“They were presenting credit cards that were not their own,” Nall said. “But at this point, we’re not sure the credit cards actually belonged to anybody, because the numbers themselves could have, but we believe the cards themselves are fraudulent.”
Nall said she was unable to determine how much money was involved in the credit card transactions involving the allegedly fraudulent cards.
“That’s going to take some investigation, because they didn’t just hit Aspen,” she said.
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