2 women rack up 50 felony charges when credit card fraud scheme ends in arrest

MESQUITE, Nev. – Two California women were apprehended by Mesquite Police Friday after allegedly attempting a credit card fraud scheme at a Mesquite grocery store. While attempting to put charges on stolen credit cards, the two women racked up 50 felony charges of their own.

At approximately 2 p.m. Friday, Mesquite Police officers responded to the Smith’s Food and Drug store on a report of two women acting suspicious near the cash registers, according to a press statement issued by the Mesquite Police Department Tuesday afternoon.

Officers located the two women as they were attempting to leave the area. Both women were uncooperative and were detained for investigative purposes, according to the statement.

After gathering evidence from Smith’s grocery store and conducting formal interviews with the women, the Police Department said, officers were able to determine the two were involved in an organized crime scheme using multiple fake and stolen credit cards.

The women were attempting to transfer money from the fake credit cards by purchasing gift cards, police said.

Once the investigation was complete, both women were placed under arrest and transported to the Clark County Detention Center.

Ebony Fields, 34, of Fresno, California, was arrested and charged with 32 felony counts of possession of fake credit cards, felony use of false or altered identification, and misdemeanor obstructing a police officer.

Lataya Lindsey, 28, of Sacramento, California, was arrested and charged with 18 felony counts of possession of fake credit cards, felony attempt fraudulent uses of credit cards, and misdemeanor obstructing a police officer.

“The Mesquite Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to immediately notify your banking institution and police department if your credit/debit cards become lost or stolen,” the Police Department said. “Also notify your banking institution if you see suspicious activity on your credit/debit card bills.”

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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