Two charged in Westport credit card scheme
Updated 2:13 pm, Saturday, March 17, 2018
WESTPORT — A man and woman from Mount Vernon, N.Y., are facing charges for a scheme in which the pair allegedly used a fabricated credit card to make fraudulent purchases around Westport.
Westport police were first alerted to the pair around 11 a.m. on Thursday when a liquor store employee phoned in a “suspicious” purchase made with a Visa gift card.
Based on the description provided to police, officers located a suspect nearby at a restaurant. The suspect, later identified as Damion Hollis, 29, was overheard getting his card declined, police said.
In speaking with the officer, police said Hollis admitted that he had been responsible for the liquor store purchase earlier. When Hollis handed over the gift card, police found that the number on the front of card didn’t match the credit card number encoded into the magnetic strip on the back — a sign that the card was fraudulently manufactured.
Further investigation revealed that Hollis was being driven from business to business by Jocelyn Torain, 30, to illegally purchase goods using the false card.
Both Hollis and Torain were arrested by police and brought back to the Westport Police Department.
Hollis was charged with three counts of illegal use of credit card, credit card forgery, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy and two count of receipt of money, goods or services by illegal card use. He was released on a $5,000 bond, and he was given a court date of March 26.
Torain was charged with conspiracy. She was released on a promise to appear in court on March 26.