Illinois man accused of credit card fraud in Ottawa County

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Illinois man accused using cloned credit cards to buy prepaid credit cards faces multiple charges in Ottawa County.

The suspect allegedly carried out that fraud Saturday afternoon at the Wesco Station at 14750 Mercury Drive. Because of previous crimes at Wesco locations around the state, a clerk at that Grand Haven Twp. store was warned to be on the lookout for such activity by a clerk at the Spring Lake store. The Grand Haven Twp. clerk spotted the suspect and gave law enforcement agencies information about his activity.

Grand Haven public safety officers used that information to spot the suspect, take him into custody, and launch a joint investigation with the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department and the Sheriff's Department. The investigation led to several charges, including fraud.

Because similar crimes have occurred around the state, the US Secret Service is helping with the investigation.

Authorities are withholding the name of the suspect, a 59-year-old man from Park Forest, Illinois, until his arraignment.


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