Credit card fraud suspect arrested by Waveland Police

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - A traffic stop leads to an arrest of a credit card fraud suspect. On Tuesday, November 11, 2008, at approx 1:51pm, Officer Patrick Barber conducted a traffic stop for careless driving around Wal Mart Drive.

The driver was very nervous and shaking and acting in a strange manner. Officer Barber requested to see the driver's license and insurance. The driver could only produce a LA identification card.

Barber instructed the driver to exit the vehicle and as he was exiting the driver grabbed a pillow. Barber took the pillow to check for weapons and felt something hard in the pillow and handed the pillow over to Sgt. T. Foreman.

Foreman found a stack of gift/credit cards. Sgt. Foreman and Officer Barber started questioning the driver about the cards and his response was he was driving from Atlanta to New Orleans. He said that he paid cash for the cards and was using them to pay for items along the way.

Officers found 62 different credit/gift cards of different varieties in the vehicle or on the driver's possession. Driver was taken into custody to be booked in on the traffic violations.

Sgt. Foreman called Criminal Investigator Laura Stepro to come down and interview the driver. The Secret Service was called and responded also.

The cards were all altered and the magnetic strip contained a different credit card number for an unknown person's credit card. Wal Mart Security was contacted and Officers were able to verify that Jackson had made four purchases and attempted to make a fifth purchase at the Waveland Wal Mart with the forged calls.

Arrested: 30-year- old, Leon Raymond Jackson Jr. of New Orleans, LA

Charged with:

  • Careless Driving
  • No Proof of Insurance
  • No drivers License
  • 4 counts of Credit Card Fraud

Bond was set at $46,200.00 with an initial appearance scheduled in Waveland Municipal Court on 12/11/08.

Released by: James A. Varnell