The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office has charged three people allegedly involved in a counterfeit credit card operation that stole tens of thousands of dollars by using fake credit cards with matching driver's licenses to make purchases and cash advances across the state.
Lovell Davis III, of Havertown, Pa., was arrested Wednesday for allegedly running the counterfeit ring. Davis, 34, recruited Cecelia Robinson, of Chicago, who is at large, and Latoya Jemerson, who is currently incarcerated in the Allegheny (Pa.) County jail, according to Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office.
According to the criminal complaint, Robinson 31, and Jemerson, age not known, received cash advances of $1,000 to $1,500 at a time, pocketed 30% of their daily proceeds and deposited the rest in Davis's bank account. The three also used the counterfeit cards to rent vehicles for traveling to the various banks, according to the investigation.
Davis reported income of $118,000 in 2013 as a barber on Pennsylvania tax records but investigators could not verify his source of income.
Davis is charged with 51 counts of access device fraud; one count of corrupt organizations; one count of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities; one count of unlawful device making equipment; one count of criminal conspiracy, two counts of possessing instruments of crime; and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
He was arraigned and remanded to the Allegheny (Pa.) County jail after failing to post $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 3.
Robinson is charged with five counts of access device fraud; four counts of theft by unlawful taking; three counts of receiving stolen property; three counts of theft of services; three counts of theft by deception; two counts of theft; one count of corrupt organizations; one count of forgery; one count of possessing instruments of crime; one count of criminal conspiracy; and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.