November 19, 2016

Two arrested in credit card fraud scheme



TOBYHANNA - Coneil Moore, 28, of Tobyhanna, and Bryant Darnell, 28, of New York City were arrested Friday morning for producing and possessing fraudulent credit cards and other offenses.

In October, a detective from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney discovered that her debit card had been used several times without her knowledge at several local businesses, including the Giant gas station on Route 611 in Bartonsville.  When she checked her wallet, she discovered that she still had the original card, leading investigators to believe that her card had been “skimmed” and the account information encoded onto another fake card.

The investigation was assigned to other detectives who specialize in the investigation of computer and other high-tech crimes, who obtained the video surveillance from the Giant gas station, and observed Coneil Moore using a physical credit card to purchase gasoline by swiping the card at the pump.  Additional information obtained during the course of the investigation led investigators to believe that this incident was part of a larger organized credit card fraud ring operating in Monroe County.

Early Thursday morning, County Detectives, with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department arrived at Moore’s residence on Main Street in Tobyhanna armed with a search warrant.  Inside, investigators found approximately seventy-eight (78) suspected fraudulent credit cards, a machine used to emboss blank credit cards with raised numbers and letters, two magnetic strip read / write devices capable of “skimming” card information and then encoding stolen account information into the magnetic strip on the back of a credit card, and approximately 35 grams of crack cocaine.

Moore, Darnell, and several as yet unidentified individuals appear to have been producing counterfeit credit cards that, while appearing legitimate on their face, were encoded with stolen bank account information in the magnetic strip.

Moore was charged with producing, using, and possessing counterfeit cards, possessing unlawful device making equipment, theft, and possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance. 

Bryant was charged with producing and possessing counterfeit cards.

Both were arraigned and placed in the Monroe County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.  A preliminary hearing Is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, November 30.

This investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected.

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