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Credit Card Crook Collared
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By Major Shawn Kimmitz
May 6, 2022

A credit card scammer with access to around 100 different victim’s credit card accounts was arrested this week and jailed on numerous offenses after an in depth investigation by a Stafford detective.

On October 28, 2021, Deputy T.M. Givler took a report of fraud involving a suspect purchasing auto parts online. Three invoices were billed to addresses in Maryland, Colorado and California, but all three shipped to a Garrison Woods Drive address in Stafford to a Richard Allen, Jr., 22.

The investigation was assigned to Detective B.A. Talbot of the Criminal Investigations Division. He immediately went to work preparing legal process to obtain bank and internet records and began to contact other victims in the case.

Detective Talbot was able to identify 12 victims across the country, many anxious to pursue charges against the offender. Search warrants were prepared for Allen, his car and his residence. During the searches, evidence was recovered illustrating Allen’s involvement in fraudulent activity.

After sifting through a mountain of records and consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Detective Talbot obtained warrants for three counts of obtaining money by false pretense, three counts of identity theft, three counts of credit card theft, receiving fraudulent goods, and possession of credit card forgery devices for Allen.

Allen was arrested on the 11 warrants on May 2nd and held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.


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