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Port Richey couple accused of trafficking credit cards

TARPON SPRINGS — A Port Richey couple was arrested Wednesday on charges of selling undercover investigators the credit card numbers and personal information of 200 people, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Angel Dawn Toland, 30, and Gary D. Blair, 23, had 8,000 credit card numbers and the corresponding information needed to use them, deputies said.

No victims have been identified.

"The arrests prevented the cards from getting out to the street," Cecilia Barreda, a spokeswoman with the Pinellas County.

In mid October, detectives learned that Toland and her boyfriend had obtained a number of credit card numbers and intended to sell them.

Detectives investigated and, on Wednesday, made an undercover purchase of the credit card numbers and personal information of 200 people for $1,500, deputies said.

Detectives later learned the couple had about 8,000 credit card numbers. The numbers, along with the cards' expiration date and security code, were found on lead sheets from a telemarketing company. Detectives say Toland and Blair may have come into contact with the telemarketing company when they were providing assistance for an office move.

Detectives say the sheets had all the information needed to steal someone's identity, including names, addresses and birthday. Detectives said all of the credit card numbers were legitimate accounts at one point, but not all were still active.

Toland and Blair have been charged with trafficking credit cards.

Port Richey couple accused of trafficking credit cards 10/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 27, 2011 10:53pm]
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