Deputies arrest trio accused of more than $80K in fraudulent credit card purchases

Deputies arrest trio accused of more than $80K in fraudulent credit card purchases
Christopher Payne, Kiarra Yates, and Ed Lee III

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two men and a woman suspected of purchasing thousands of dollars' worth of gift cards fraudulently have been arrested.

Court documents state Christopher Payne, 30; Kiarra Yates, 27; and Ed Lee III, 31, all of Baton Rouge, were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Monday.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office had just positively identified the trio earlier in the day thanks to anonymous tips from Crime Stoppers. The three people were wanted for allegedly purchasing $80,000 worth of gift cards using fraudulently obtained credit cards.

All three are facing charges of theft, access device fraud, and identity theft. Prison records show Payne and Yates remain behind bars on $15,000 bond each. According to the parish prison, Lee was released after posting a $15,000 bond.

EBR gift cards stolen

ORIGINAL STORY

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, US Secret Service Task Force, and the US Secret Service are currently seeking the public’s help identifying six people wanted for questioning about fraudulently obtained credit cards.

The six individuals have reportedly been using the stolen cards throughout East Baton Rouge Parish at multiple Walgreens and Walmart locations. Officials say they have successfully purchased about $80,000 worth of gift cards.

Anyone with information about the individuals should call EBRSO’s Financial Crime Division at 225-389-5009 or call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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