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Police Arrest Two Raleigh Men On Fraud Charges

Posted May 9, 2005

— Durham police and the U.S. Secret Service have arrested two Raleigh men in connection with a stolen credit card scam.

Claudius Kai Kpakima, 25, of South Street, was charged with 14 counts of financial identity fraud and one count of obtaining property by false pretense. Kareem Romone Harris, 25, of Generation Drive, was charged with 12 counts of financial identity fraud.

A store employee at New Balance on Fayetteville Road called police Friday afternoon after becoming suspicious about a call-in order. Police said the caller gave several stolen credit card numbers before using a valid credit card number.

Officers arrested Kpakima, who is also on probation in Wake County for financial identity theft, at the store when he came to pick up the order, police said.

Officers searched the car Kpakima had been driving and found several invoices from a Raleigh business containing credit card numbers. Investigators later learned that Harris used to work for the business.

Raleigh police arrested Harris, a Wake County bail bondsman, Friday night.

Investigators believe credit card numbers stolen from the business invoices have been used to make several purchases.

Kpakima is also wanted in Maryland on fraud charges.


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