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Mokena Police Blotter: Chicago Woman Charged With Credit Card Fraud

Jamelah S. Thompson was charged with unlawful possession of another person's credit card after a Speedway clerk called police about suspicious activity.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

Jamelah S. Thompson, 30, of the 6200 block of South University in Chicago, faces felony credit card fraud charges after her arrest at the intersection of West 194th Street and Wolf Road.

A clerk at the Speedway at 19726 Wolf Road called police to report a woman attempting to purchase several cartons of cigarettes with several credit cards. The clerk told police that it seemed suspicious because previous incidents involving similar purchases with multiple cards involved stolen or fraudulent cards. The report states that the woman, Thomas, was able to purchase three cartons after several attempts.

According to the report, the clerk gave the responding officer a description and registration number for the black Pontiac Thomas had left in, but the officer was unable to locate the vehicle in the area.

At about 1 p.m., the officer was notified that Thomas was back at the Speedway and was again attempting to buy cigarettes using multiple cards. According to the report, those cards were declined, and she then bought a cup of tea with cash before leaving in the same black Pontiac. The officer found the car in the left turn lane on eastbound Front Street and waited for it to turn onto Wolf before conducting a traffic stop.

The officer checked Thomas's ID and told her about the complaint, asking if she had attempted to buy cigarettes with multiple credit cards. According to the report, she told the officer she had used two Visa gift cards—one Vanilla card and one Tarjeta de Regalo—which she provided when the officer asked.

The officer spoke with a passenger in Thomas's vehicle, Natasha A. Adams, 36, of the 16600 block of Holland Avenue in South Holland. When the officer asked if she had used any gift cards to purchase cigarettes at Speedway, she gave him two more Vanilla gift cards.

According to the report, the cards were taken to the Frankfort Police Department to be scanned by a special piece of equipment that detects fraudulent credit cards. Meanwhile, Thomas and Adams agreed to follow the officer to the Mokena Police Department to answer further questions.

According to the report, both women were read a Miranda warning and agreed to speak without an attorney present, although they were not under arrest at the time and were free to leave whenever they wanted.

Adams told police that she bought her gift cards from a man at the Homewood Target store for half of their value and uses them to buy cigarettes, which she sells in Chicago. Thomas told police that she purchased her cards from a man named Omar near 87th and Vincennes in Chicago, and that she paid $35 for a $65 card and $40 for a card with $80 on it. She also said she uses them to buy cigarettes, which she sells in the city.

The report states that the results from the Frankfort PD scan came in and identified the cards that were in Thomas's possession as fraudulent.  

Upon consulting with a Will County State's Attorney, Mokena Police were advised to pursue felony charges for possession of another person's credit card against Thomas and to release Adams without charges.

All four cards were seized and filed as evidence, along with receipts from the Speedway for the cigarettes that were purchased. Police also held $520 in cash found on Thomas's person for possible seizure. Thomas was charged and transported to the Will County Adult Detention Facility pending a bond hearing.

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Matt October 15, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Very interesting, almost like one big pyramid scheme involved here. To my knowledge, this is a breakdown of everything that's going on in this article: Homewood Target man uses fraudulent credit cards to purchase and activate Visa gift cards, thus secretly and effectively converting his stolen credit cards into a more discreet gift card. Cigarette woman buys these gift cards from Target man for half their face value. Target man has now converted the amount on the fraudulent credit card into a cash value, albeit about half of the cost of gift card purchase. Still... free cash for Target man! Cigarette woman goes to Speedway with the gift cards, and uses the varying balances on them to purchase as many cartons as the cards' values will allow. Clerk get suspicious, I can't blame them however. Cigarette woman now goes back to Target man to attempt to purchase some more cards. This time, the credit card was probably locked so the gift cards purchased by Target man were unactivated. Unbeknowingst to Cigarette woman, she goes back to speedway to use these new cards, and since they're empty, they were declined... uh oh! Now police is involved, and this is when the gift cards were surrendered to police. This is just my breakdown of what I believe happened. I appologize if anything is offensive. Hopefully this is helpful and informative. :)

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