Boise & Garden City

Police: 2 women arrested in retail fraud case

Two Texas women were arrested Wednesday on charges of fraud after Boise Police Department discovered 424 counterfeit and fraudulently purchased credit and gift cards.

This is the largest number of counterfeit credit cards recovered in a retail fraud case, according to BPD.

Brooke Darby, 28, of Fort Worth, Texas, was charged with felony burglary and felony fradulent possession of a financial transaction card. Charmaine Montgomery, 23, of Fort Worth, faces a felony charge of possession of a financial transaction card.

Police began looking into the incident Tuesday when retail store employees notified them of “red flags,” according to BPD.

The suspects were arrested at the Boise Airport around 1 p.m. Wednesday, and police believe they had been in the Treasure Valley with the scheme since Monday.

Upon their arrest police found the suspects with a package of items prepared to be mailed out of state, police said.

“"We've seen an increase in these cases involving people...from out of state, even out of the country, coming to Idaho to steal from our local stores using account numbers from unsuspecting credit card customers,” said Ed Fritz, supervisor for BPD crime prevention. “This case shows just how aggressive these thieves are."