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Man arrested for card-cloning turned over to feds

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GREENFIELD — An Ohio man arrested in Greenfield Thursday on suspicion of large-scale credit card fraud bonded out of jail only to be immediately re-arrested by federal agents.

Ebrima Sumareh, 26, has been captured on surveillance video at the Greenfield Wal-Mart at least four times in as many months purchasing thousands of dollars of merchandise using stolen credit card numbers, police said.

Sumareh was arrested Thursday after he made two stops to Wal-Mart, 1965 N. State St. A cashier became suspicious during his first visit when Sumareh used multiple credit cards, several of which were declined, to purchase $3,000 worth of cash gift cards. When Sumareh returned, police stopped him. Lead investigator J.D. Fortner said he then discovered Sumareh was using cloned credit cards with stolen information to buy the cards.

Sumareh’s rental car had 87 American Express gift cards totaling $8,700. Another 53 cards looked like cash gift cards but were in fact reprogrammed to connect to bank accounts that did not belong to Sumareh, Fortner said.

Since Sumareh’s arrest Thursday, Wal-Mart security officials have found surveillance video from September, October and November showing Sumareh making similar purchases, according to police reports.

On each trip, Sumareh went to several cashiers and used about 50 different credit cards to purchase dozens of $100 gift cards, Fortner said.

All told, investigators guess Sumareh has made off with upwards of $30,000.

The size of the case led Fortner to contact federal officials.

“The case is going to be much larger than what we can afford the manpower for,” he said. “The investigation’s gonna be multi-jurisdictional.”

In federal court, it’s illegal to possess cards that have been recoded, Fortner said, adding that for every card found in Sumareh’s possession, he faces an additional 2-year prison sentence.

The 53 recoded cards were stolen from a gas station in Ohio, Fortner said.

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