On Feb. 13, a 50-year-old man was taken into custody after police accused him of buying merchandise at a Florida mall with gift cards that were obtained fraudulently. It was estimated that he spent hundreds of dollars worth of items with these gift cards.
According to the report, the gift cards were purchased out-of-state with a credit card that appears to have been stolen. A security officer became aware of the suspected incident when the man purchased a number of expensive items from a Dillard’s department store, including a Coach bag, a Michael Kors watch and other merchandise with gift cards.
When the police were notified, they allegedly discovered a number of gift cards and other merchandise that had been purchased with the credit card in the man’s trunk. They took him into custody and charged him with fraud and shoplifting of items with an estimated worth of $300 and $5,000. It was also reported that the man had a criminal record in two states for gun and drug-related crimes.
Those who are convicted on theft crimes may face more than just a potential jail sentence and hefty fines. For example, those who have a conviction on a fraud charge may be unable to find appropriate employment and may not be eligible to obtain loans for school or for a new home.
An attorney may be able to help their client by creating a strong defense for their client, regardless of any previous convictions that the person may have. If there is evidence that the items were purchased legitimately, the attorney may be able to challenge the charges. On the other hand, if a conviction appears to be likely, they may be able to negotiate a plea deal that reduces the potential consequences for their client.
Source: Orlando Sentinel, “Cops: Man used fraudulent gift cards for luxury items“, Susan Jacobson, February 15, 2014
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