PLFUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — A Round Rock man is now in custody after 29 credit cards with his name on them, and a credit card programmer were found in his possession.
“A credit card programmer, that sends up some red flags,” says Assistant Chief Jim McLean with the Pflugerville Police Department.
McLean pulled over Edwin Rodriguez-Mordouch, 26, late on July 4 for speeding up to 104 miles per hour. The driver told officers his name was Henry Darroman, which police discovered was not a name listed in the Texas Drivers’ license database. According to the affidavit, Mordouch was detained and transported to the Pflugerville Justice Center.
A black bag was found in the back seat of Mordouch’s car. Inside the bag, 29 credit cards, a programmer and foil were discovered. A credit card programmer is used to create credit cards.
Mordouch told police his real name and birthday, leading to the discovery that he has four active warrants for his arrest.
He now faces charges spanning from Montgomery to Brazos County and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana as well as Springfield, Missouri:
- Tampering with fabricate physical evidence
- Credit card abuse
- 14 counts of access device fraud
Assistant Chief McLean says credit card fraud is more common, he’s even been a victim.
“We had made a charge to an online company and this person had obtained that information from this online company,” explains McLean.
Cheryl Aldridge also had her credit card information stolen. Cedar Park police say two men used her credit card number at several convenient stores even though she never lost her card.
“There’s so many ways people can grab your information, I just don’t know,” says Aldridge.
Police say none of our cards are fraud-proof.
“It’s extremely difficult to say you can do A, B, C, and D and never have your credit card number compromised,” says McLean.
She says the least you can do is make sure you check your monthly statements.
“It’s so easy for them to get this information and then if they get away with it, they just think ‘okay we can keep moving on,'” says Aldridge.
It’s not easy to catch credit card thieves. In 2014, the Pflugerville Police Department received 284 fraud reports, but they were only able to arrest one person. In 2015, there were 340 fraud reports and three arrests. So far this year, there have been 211 reports of fraud, with no arrests.
In Cedar Park, police have received 37 credit card and debit card abuse cases over the last three months and they’ve made four arrests.
In Travis County, police found illegal devices used to steal credit card information at two Austin-area gas stations. Skimmers were found at a Wells Branch gas station and on Hwy 71.