Colerain Township police charge four in credit card forging scheme

Colerain Township police charge four in credit card forging scheme
Posted at 8:00 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 20:00:44-04

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Police charged four people in connection with a credit card forging scheme, Chief Mark Denney announced Wednesday.

Police arrested 28-year-old Brooklyn woman at the Colerain Township Kroger Aug. 23. Cynthia Laine was attempting to buy gift cards using a bogus credit card that contained information stolen from a real credit card, according to court records.

The victim still had his actual credit card at the time. Police said the info had been "skimmed."

A store employee also told police Laine had been in attempting to purchase gift cards four days earlier, according to court records.

An investigation led police to a room at the Super 8 Motel in Springdale. While conducting surveillance, officers saw men pack up a car and leave. They followed the car, and pulled it over after the driver failed to use a turn signal, according to court records.

Police searched the vehicle and found that Alex Souffrant, 26, of Atlanta, Ervins Joseph, 29, of Atlanta and Nelson Edmee, 29, of New York had numerous gift cards, computers and other equipment used for making phony credit cards, police said.

They also had several fake government IDs, police said in court records.

Laine was charged with misuse of credit cards

Souffrant, Joseph and Edmee were each charged with forgery, tampering with evidence and three counts of possessing criminal tools.