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Goldsboro police slap trio with 250 fraud charges

Posted April 22, 2011

— Two New York women and a Delaware man nabbed by Goldsboro police last week face more than 250 charges in connection with credit-card fraud that netted gift cards and merchandise worth thousands of dollars.

Joanta Scarlett, 22, of 661 W. Broadway 14 in Monticello, N.Y., and Kevin Duane Anderson, 21, of 1411 Blatty Place in Newark, Delaware, both face 78 counts of financial card forgery and 40 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Anessa Niranjan, 18, of 105-34 8th St. in Queens, N.Y., was charged with 15 counts of aiding and abetting obtaining property by false pretenses.

Investigators believe the suspects stole credit card numbers and maxed them out buying pre-paid Visa cards, gift cards and merchandise from stores, said Sgt. Dwayne Dean, with the Goldsboro police.

He said that on April 6 and 7, Scarlett and Anderson bought nearly $6,000 worth of pre-paid cards and merchandise from the Target store in Goldsboro. On April 11, a police detective from Sierra Vista, Ariz.., told Goldsboro police that one of his residents' credit card was used at the Target store in Goldsboro.

Goldsboro officers arrested Scarlett and Anderson three days later as they were seen leaving the Target store again, Dean said. He said Niranjan was driving their truck.

Inside the truck, police said, they found goods worth at least $12,000, including:

  • $8,250 in $100 and $50 pre-paid Visa Target cards
  • 143 gift cards, whose value hasn't been determined
  • three 32gb iPod Touches
  • two Compaq laptops
  • a wireless back-up camera system
  • four Whistler radar detectors
  • iPod accessories
  • two sets of Embark suitcases
  • Sony iPod dock station
  • a HP laptop
  • Garmin 1450 GPS unit
  • assorted clothing

Scarlett was also charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of a controlled substance and possession of marjiuana.

All three suspects were placed in the Wayne County jail. Scarlett was given a $593,000 secured bond, Anderson a $530,000 secured bond, and Niranjan a $75,000 secured bond.


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  • dmccoy Apr 22, 2011

    wow they would have made out like a bandit if they hadn't gotten greedy

  • illegals--GO HOME Apr 22, 2011

    They took the "change" that Obam my promised a bit too far on the distribution of wealth bit.

  • illegals--GO HOME Apr 22, 2011

    Wow.....don't they just look like winners to you???!!!!

    Lock them up and throw away the key. Better yet, put 'em to work somewhere and let them see what it is like to actually "earn a living" instead of using fraud and other things to support yourself.

  • alx Apr 22, 2011

    i know exactly where hunter was going.. there a lot of thin skinned people who would love to deny reality

  • tanshop09 Apr 22, 2011

    What happened to checking IDs when paying by credit card?

  • ccs1920 Apr 22, 2011

    hunter38/ I'm not and I don't think that most people are.

  • Nancy Apr 22, 2011

    Makes you wonder about the cashier at that Target - a friend?

  • callmegorgeous Apr 22, 2011

    LOL.....anyone surprised here?

    Please tell me what that is SUPPOSE TO MEAN? Hunter38;
    please don't GO THERE..

  • bigal02282 Apr 22, 2011

    I'm sure that they didn't MEAN to do it. It's just that, well, bling costs. And Micky-D's ain't FREE. You gotta get a leg up and after all, it's money and appearances that are everything. Bernie Madoff would be proud.

  • callmegorgeous Apr 22, 2011

    lol @ the J/k; however such loosers, who does that and think its ok, as if they're gonna get away.. they deserve every punishment and they all should be EQUAL..