2 New York-area men arrested with 60 counterfeit credit cards, Westfield police say

By Dan Warner 
on August 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

WESTFIELD – Two men were arrested this week in Westfield with dozens of counterfeit credit cards and more than 50 gift cards that they purchased as part of a scam, police say.

Felix Santos, 22, of Brooklyn, and Michael Gilbert, 22, of Dunellen, New Jersey, face charges in Westfield District Court, and at their Tuesday arraignments Judge Philip Contant held each on $500 bail.

Santos is charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property of more than $250, possession of a counterfeit credit card press and attempt to commit a crime. Gilbert is charged with receiving stolen property, attempt to commit a crime and improper use of a credit card of more than $250.

Police say Gilbert was attempting to purchase $300 worth of prepaid visa cards at Rite Aid in Westfield when a manager recognized the ruse that had been plaguing other Rite Aids. The manager canceled the transaction and called police.

Officers encountered the men driving in the Big Y parking lot, the police report said. Santos was driving, but he only had a New York learner’s permit and Gilbert’s license was expired, the report said.

Santos was carrying two credit cards in his name, and police found 23 more in the vehicle, the report said. Gilbert had 10 cards on him, and 25 others bearing his name. Officers discovered they were counterfeit because they had incorrect customer service numbers on the back and the card numbers were not issued by the banks on the cards, the report said.

The report said there were 51 $25 pre-paid Visa and American Express cards in the vehicle.

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