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Man charged with credit card fraud

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King George County authorities have arrested a man on charges of making multiple purchases at county stores using stolen credit card numbers.

Sheriff’s Lt. Monty Clift said an investigation began May 15 when police got a call from a Texas man who said his credit card had charges from five different places in King George that day.

The man said the card was in his possession and he didn’t know who had gotten access to the number.

Deputies went to the businesses, Clift said, and looked at store surveillance tapes. They were able to get a description of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving.

Over the next few days, police said they received several calls from merchants informing them that the man had returned to the stores. But each time he was gone by the time a deputy arrived.

Finally on Monday, Deputy Ryan Moneyhon was on patrol in the Dahlgren area when he spotted a vehicle with Georgia license tags that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle.

Moneyhon followed the vehicle south on U.S. 301. As it approached the intersection of State Route 3, Moneyhon saw items being tossed out the passenger’s side window.

Moneyhon finally stopped the vehicle and took the driver into custody.

Deputies later returned to the area where Moneyhon saw items being tossed and found 26 gift and credit cards, Clift said.

Someone had placed stolen credit card numbers into the magnetic strips of the cards.

Ishmail Bah

Ishmail Bah, 31, also known as Idriss Gabissi Mausaray, was charged with 12 offenses, including credit card fraud, receiving goods by fraud, identity theft and dumping trash on private property.

Bah, who has addresses in Hyattsville, Md., and in Georgia, is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Clift said he didn’t know what connection Bah has to King George.

Clift said it was the second recent case in King George involving multiple stolen credit card numbers. The last suspect had more than 100 such cards in his possession, police said.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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