A Connecticut man was recently found guilty of being involved in a string of credit card fraud that cost victims tens of thousands of dollars.
Anthony Johnson, and several accomplices, were involved in the scheme, which involved crawling under movie theater seats and stealing credit cards out of women's purses, then copying them, according to a report from the Hartford Courant
. In a two-day period, the scheme could net participants as much as $70,000 in cash advances from casinos and purchases at local retailers.
"Once the movie started, Johnson crawled on the floor, removed credit cards from the stored purses, and returned the wallet to the purses," an FBI affidavit about the case said, according to the newspaper. "Johnson crawled in this manner around the theater until he was done…"
The scheme began as early as 2007, and Johnson awaits sentencing in January for charges of fraud and identity theft
-related crimes, the report said. Adam Levin
, chairman for IDentity Theft 911, has a blog about the creative ways in which thieves are now trying to rip off consumers.
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