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Credit-card counterfeiting ring suspected in Halifax County

Posted July 10, 2011 12:14 p.m. EDT

— Halifax County residents should be on the alert for credit card fraud because of a counterfeiting ring, the sheriff's office warned Saturday.

Detective J. Puhak said that a group of three men is buying pre-loadable, brand-name gift cards at stores. The men use counterfeiting technology to load legitimate credit and bank accounts onto the temporary gift cards. They can then make purchases with the gift cards, charging them to the victims' accounts.

Area residents should check their accounts frequently for any unauthorized purchases, Puhak urged.

The men were caught on surveillance cameras buying gift cards at a Food Lion store in the 2500 block of West 10 Street in Roanoke Rapids on June 24.

Two men are described as black, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing 140 to 170 pounds. The third man is described as black, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 200 to 250 pounds.

Puhak said that a reward might be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men.

Anyone with information about the men's identities is asked to call the Halifax County Sheriff's Office at 252-593-1021 or Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444. Messages can be left at either number.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that solve cases.