NEWS RELEASE · 9th August 2010
Prince Rupert RCMP
On Friday, August 6, 2010 Shaune Michael Nelson was arrested by Prince Rupert RCMP on numerous counts of credit card fraud stemming from a joint investigation involving the Prince Rupert RCMP and the British Columbia Gaming Enforcement Branch. The offences took place between July 5-25, 2010 and involved transactions with counterfeit credit cards in various northwest communities including Smithers, Moricetown, Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert.
The 35-year-old male has been charged with fifty-three criminal code offences; seventeen counts of fraud, seventeen counts of uttering forged documents, seventeen counts of possess, use, traffic credit card data and two counts of failing to comply with conditions of a recognizance. Nelson was on probation for possessing stolen credit cards when he was arrested on August 6, 2010. Nelson remained in police custody over the weekend and will appear in court in Prince Rupert on Monday, August 9, 2010.
The fraudulent transactions in the Prince Rupert area involved multiple purchases of gasoline, cigarettes and lottery tickets at three Prince Rupert and Port Edward businesses. Prince Rupert RCMP is reminding businesses to always check security features and signatures on credit cards and ask for a second piece of identification. If credit card or gift cards do not swipe automatically ask the customer for another form of payment. Be wary of customers making large, frequent and indiscriminate purchases.