ST. GEORGE – Some days it doesn’t pay to have a hankering for pizza, especially when the way it’s paid for could end up in an arrest as it did for one St. George man Wednesday.
Police were contacted by a woman last Friday who reported a possible case of credit card fraud, according to a probable cause statement. She told police a joint account she shared with a family member had been compromised and unauthorized purchases had been made.
She also told police she believed her card had been compromised while at a fast food restaurant.
The investigating officer reviewed the charges made to the credit card account – 10 in all – and noticed “several pizza orders” from Domino’s Pizza. A follow up with Domino’s soon produced the name of the individual who had made the orders.
The person with a taste for pepperoni and cheese was identified as 19-year-old Carlos Felix of St. George.
Police contacted Felix by phone and then in person. He was told his Miranda rights, according to the police statement, and intervened. Felix, who worked at the fast food restaurant the reporting woman visited, told police he had taken a photo of the credit card when it was left at the restaurant.
Felix was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. He has subsequently been charged with 10 class-B misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a finance card and a third-degree felony for possessing stolen credit card information.
In relation to fraudulent credit card purchases, each time the card is used counts as an individual criminal offense.
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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