ROTONDA WEST — Charlotte County Sheriff’s Economic Crimes Unit detectives arrested an Englewood East man for using a credit/debit card swiping devise used with a cell phone to withdraw $7,942 from a Rotonda West man’s checking and credit/debit card accounts. Christopher Lee Carroll, 41, of the 7300 block of Mullen Lane, is charged with eight felony counts — four for uttering a forged instrument (checks), three for fraudulent use of credit card, and grand theft. The victim said he has all his credit/debit cards and doesn’t know how his information was compromised. On May 7, 2012, the victim, who lives in the 100 block of Broadmoor Lane in Rotonda West, contacted CCSO to report an unknown person used his various credit/debit cards on purchases through a company called Square. They were deposited into a SunTrust account owned by Carroll. Also, several checks were missing from the victim’s checkbook and cashed. ECU detectives obtained a subpoena last month and finally obtained SunTrust statements of the transactions from all Carroll’s Square business account. The amounts missing from the victim’s credit/debit accounts and checks debited were exact, down to the penny, according to detectives.
Detectives went to the Charlotte County Jail on Friday to interview Carroll, who is in jail on unrelated charges. He refused to talk to detectives and was returned to his jail cell. Carroll was arrested July 28, 2012, on kidnap and false imprisonment charges. His bond has been $50,000. Carroll, a convicted felon, has been booked 14 times. With the eight new charges, Carroll’s bond was $20,000 more for a total bond now of $70,000.
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