Sheriff’s department investigating $23K in fraud cases

Credit Cards (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Credit Cards (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WICHITA, Kansas – The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department is investigating several cases of fraud.

All of the cases happened between March 20 and March 28th and involved stolen debit and credit card information.

The first case happened between March 18th and March 20th. An unknown person removed mail from a box near the 200 block of North 189th Circle West in Goddard. The information was used to obtain a duplicate driver’s license and open a Sears credit card. One charge was made on March 26th that amounted to $1,960.

The next case happened between March 21st and March 28th. A sheriff’s spokesman says an unknown person used a credit card belonging to a Wichita man to make 32 purchases through Travelocity, Expedia, Sea World and other sites. The loss is reported at $20,633.60.

“It is tough to determine whether the card was physically stolen, or the number was obtained,” said Lt. Dave Mattingly, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department. “It goes back in line with the other one where the driver’s license number was re-manufactured to get a duplicate license.”

The final case happened between March 28th and March 31st. An unknown person charged seven purchases in various businesses located in British Columbia to the debit card of Maize man. Those charges amounted to $524.66.

The sheriff’s department keeps reiterating to keep track of your bank records and credit card statements.

“Keep track of your bank records, look at your credit card statements, don’t leave wallets or purses, things like social security cards, drivers license’s in your car because it is getting warm. We are going to see those thefts going up again in parking lots,” said Mattingly. “If they have drivers license and a social security card, they are going to open that [credit card] up.”

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