Police: Californians used phony credit cards in Boise, Meridian

Statesman staffDecember 3, 2013 

Three people from California were arrested Tuesday after police said the trio traveled to Idaho the day before to perpetrate a counterfeit credit card scheme.

Jian Qing Chen, 48, of Temple City, Wei Wang, 29, of Monterey Park and Xin Zhao, 26, of Winter Park were in the Ada County Jail - each of them facing a felony count of criminal possession of a financial transaction card.

Boise police said they were notified Tuesday morning by store employees that the suspects were trying to use what appeared to be counterfeit cards at a local location of a major retail chain. Police found the men in the area of West Franklin Road and North Milwaukee Street early Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the suspects had multiple counterfeit credit cards, and there was evidence that the suspects were using the phony cards to buy gift cards and merchandise at stores in Boise and Meridian.

Boise Police Financial Crimes Unit detectives contacted a victim who confirmed that his credit card number was among those being used by the suspects. The victim was not yet aware that his account had been compromised, police said.

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