Woman Charged With Cloning Credit Cards

CLINTON, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – Clinton police have charged a New York woman with using cloned credit cards to buy merchandise at the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets.

Police say they caught Kumarie Patel, 27, of Far Rockaway, NY with 45 cloned credit cards and more than $2,800 in merchandise and gift cards from various stores at the outlet mall. Merchants became suspicious when, if during a transaction a card was declined, Patel would simply pull out another from a stack of cards, said police.

Police say Patel also had a fake New Jersey driver’s license on her, which matched a fake name on the credit cards. The numbers embossed on the cards did not match the numbers on the magnetic strips on the cards, said investigators.

Patel was arrested Friday as she was leaving the outlet mall. She faces 45 counts of unlawful reproduction of a credit card, 11 counts of illegal use of a credit card, third-degree larceny, and second-degree forgery. Patel is free on $20,000 bond and due in Middletown Superior Court on October 10.


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