Sonora, Modesto police crack credit card fraud

local@modbee.comFebruary 14, 2013 

With the help of an identity-theft victim from Ventura, the Sonora Police Department on Wednesday uncovered a large-scale credit card fraud operation in Modesto on Wednesday.

The victim's credit card had been used in several locations throughout Tuolumne County, according to Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson.

An officer went to all of the businesses in Sonora where the fraudulent card was used and obtained video surveillance of the suspects, a list of the property they had purchased with the fraudulent card and other documentation.

Through his investigation, the officer identified the suspects as Jeremy Keturi, 35, and Shatece Turner, 29, both of Modesto, Stinson said.

The officer obtained a search warrant for Keturi and Turner's residence on Espana Drive. With the help of the Modesto Police Department, the home was searched Wednesday.

Most of the stolen property from Sonora was located inside the residence, as well as other stolen property. It's estimated that more than $10,000 worth of stolen property was recovered, some still in its original packaging. More than $100,000 in credit card receipts were located, believed to be for items purchased with fraudulent credit cards manufactured by Keturi and Turner.

Also located was an extensive amount of identity-theft evidence, including a credit card embosser, 500 blank credit cards with magnetic strips, card skimmer, card graphic printer, program to import credit card information on cards, numerous credit cards in others' names, a list of names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

Neither Keturi nor Turner were at the residence when the search warrant was served. Keturi later was located and arrested by Modesto police. The Sonora Police Department is still looking for Turner.

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