HPD Makes Arrest in Credit Card Larceny/Fraud Case

Posted: July 31, 2014

The Harrisonburg Police Department announced the arrest of a New Jersey man and woman on credit card fraud charges.

The arrests, which were made Sunday but announced today, were made after police received a complaint from a woman who reported that the bank statement she received last week showed fraudulent activity.

According to police, the victim reported the credit card had never been out of her possession and that she still possessed the card.  HPD investigators, according to the department's statement, determined that after obtaining her credit card number through an undisclosed method, the suspects created fraudulent accounts and then made purchases at a Harrisonburg store. The store's name was not disclosed in HPD's statement

On Sunday, police received a report that the suspects were back and attempting to make additional purchases at the store, where officers responded and arrested Melody Willie Bee Terry, 25, of Irvington, N.J., and Rahsiem Qudir Johnson, 22, of Newark, N.J.

Johnson is charged with one felony and six misdemeanor charges.

Terry is charged with two felonies.

HPD is encouraging anyone in the community who may have been a victim of similar incidents over this past weekend to contact its Criminal Investigations Division at 540-437-2640

Callers are able to remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050. Tipsters may also text “HPD” plus their tip to CRIMES (274637).

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