An Orlando man was arrested Thursday after Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents found equipment to make fraudulent credit cards inside the man's home following a two-month-long investigation.
Chadd Arthur Thomason, 24, was charged with possession of credit card making equipment, fraudulent use of scanning device, unlawful possession of personal identification information and possession of a firearm by a felon.
During a search Thursday, agents found 43 lead sheets containing personal information along with equipment to make fraudulent credit cards. Agents believe Thomason purchased the lead sheets and they are working to determine who he bought them from.
The investigation began in January after FDLE agents received information from the Delaware (Ohio) Police Department. Police were investigating fraudulent credit cards used to purchase engines from a local company.
"Within an hour, you can steal someone's identity , take their identity, transition it to a fraudulent card and use it online to make purchase from anywhere in the world," said Danny Banks, with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
After the fraudulent purchases, the engines were shipped to Central Florida, agents said.
Thomason was booked into the Orange County Jail. The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney's Office.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement at 800-226-8521.