AURORA, Ind. — A man is behind bars on fraud charges after the Dearborn County prosecutor said he perpetrated a scam on at least one customer at Chipotle’s Aurora location.
Abdul Kunetah, 24 of Ghana West Africa, was working as a supervisor at the Chipotle store when, police say, he acquired bank information of a man from Kettering, Ohio, and proceeded to go on a spending spree.
And authorities don’t think Kunetah is acting alone.
“We believe that he’s part of a larger network of individuals,” said Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard, “in part due to some of the statements he made to police regarding how he was getting these credit cards.”
Kunetah came to the U.S. on a student visa in 2012, and his application to stay and work permanently has been in process.
But it was recently that Aurora police say the Kettering man noticed transactions in the Aurora area that he hadn’t been making — to the tune of more than $6,000.
Police say Kunetah even had enough information to get Chase Bank to send him a debit card to his address. That’s when, according to police records, Kunetah went to a nearby Walmart to purchase pre-paid credit cards and money orders.
“This is a significant case because, generally when we get these victims, the suspect that has done this to somebody is generally out of the country,” said Aurora Police Chief Josh Daugherty.
Authorities with the prosecutor’s office said they have reason to believe there could be victims as far away as Pennsylvania and California in connection with this scam.
Negangard said the investigation is still on-going.