You have to look at criminal charges closely. Drill down deep. In a criminal case, don’t get thrown off the scent by taking the arrest report as the Gospel Truth. It’s not. An arrest report isn’t even admissible in court. The important document is called “The Information”. It’s what the prosecutor files after they’ve reviewed the police report and (supposedly) spoken with the witnesses in the case. The Information contains what the defendant is charged with, regardless of what the police may have arrested the person for.
Now, this all important document–the “Information”–contains lots of words. Words have meaning. That being said, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to you that we lawyers like argue over what things mean.
We’re going to take a close look today at credit card crimes. Let’s briefly review the evolution of a typical fraudulent use of a credit card arrest.
Our journey often begins with surveillance cameras. Someone takes a stolen credit card, and uses it at a gas pump. Guess what? There’s video cameras everywhere you use a credit card. No need to dig out CSI Miami spy satellite imaging to solve this case. A credit card swipe has a time code attached to it, and this is matched up to the store’s surveillance video. So, how long does it take to get a picture of the “suspect”? Like, five seconds. Just rewind the tape. Continue Reading