Charlotte County Sheriff's Economic Crimes Unit detectives arrested an Englewood East man for using a credit/debit card swiping devise with a cell phone to withdraw $7,942 from a Rotonda West man's checking and credit/debit card accounts.
Christopher Lee Carroll, 41, 7363 Mullen Lane, is charged with eight felony counts for the ghost transactions; four for uttering a forged checks; three for fraudulent use of credit card; and grand theft.
The victim has all his credit/debit cards and told police he doesn't know how his information was compromised.
Christopher Lee Carroll
The victim, who lives in the 100 block of Broadmoor Lane in Rotonda West, told police on May 7, 2012, someone used his credit/debit cards on purchases through a company called Square. They were deposited into a SunTrust account owned by Carroll. Also, several checks missing from the victim's checkbook were cashed.
ECU detectives obtained a subpoena last month and SunTrust statements of the transactions from Carroll's Square business account. The amounts missing from the victim's credit/debit accounts and checks debited were exact to the penny, according to detectives.
Detectives went to the Charlotte County Jail Friday to interview Carroll, already in jail on July 28, 2012, kidnap and false imprisonment charges. Carroll's bond is now $20,000 more for a total bond now of $70,000.