Street Smart With A Little Book Sense: Jackson State Student Busted In Dorm Room Credit Card Scheme

April 23, 2012  |  

If Ashley Dover would have applied her criminal genius in the classroom, she’d probably have a bright future ahead of her. Unfortunately for the Jackson State student that future just got a lot more bleak because she’s been busted running an elaborate credit card scheme from her dorm room.

Police arrested the 22-year-old and three of her friends who were apart of the scam after recovering a credit card making system in Dover’s dorm room which included the actual embossing and tipping machines. Like Dover, the accomplices, Olivia Ray, Tashanna Toler, and Kieariah Collins are all from Illinois, but Dover was the only student at the school. According to Detective Lloyd Coulter, the credit card fraud was quite professional.

“They put in a tipping machine which would overlay the card with whatever design they liked. Nascar, Regents Bank, Trustmark Bank, any of those things. We know right now 54 credit cards have been compromised. As of right now, only four victims have come forward. My understanding is they had an inside source at the bank that leaked out the information.”

More than $35,000 has been spent in metro businesses using at least four stolen credit card numbers reaching as far as North Carolina.  The girls used the money to buy electronics like iPads or gift cards which they sold for cash. Now the ladies are being held in the Rankin County Jail on 16 felonies charges of Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud with a bond of $450,000 each. The U. S. Secret Service has also been contacted and is assisting in the investigation which means they might as well get comfortable.

Authorities are also reminding people to monitor their credit card statements and make sure no odd activity is present, considering there are 50 unidentified victims out there at this point.

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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