Fraud Arrest

Goods Worth $50,000 Obtained Dishonestly

22nd March 2010

Kapiti Police have arrested a 41-year-old Wellington man for fraudulently obtaining goods worth more than $50,000.

Police allege that the man was contacting retailers and ordering goods over the phone and internet and using dishonestly obtained credit card numbers to pay for the goods.  The man was then uplifting the goods from the retailers.

The credit card numbers were legitimate but the offender did not physically have the credit cards.

As the cards were not reported as stolen the transactions were generally being processed.

“This is a timely reminder for retailers to ensure that correct procedures are followed when processing credit card transactions,” says Detective Sergeant Ian Martin of the Kapiti police.

“This should include requesting the identification number from the card and sighting the actual credit card when items are picked up on order.

“I would urge all retailers to scrutinise telephone and internet transactions involving credit cards and contact their bank if they have any concerns”

The man has allegedly obtained property from a variety of retailers, in particular targeting high value items from electronic and hardware stores throughout the Kapiti, Wellington and Hutt areas.

Kapiti and Wellington Police executed a series of search warrants recently but none of the property obtained has been recovered.

It is possible that there are further people involved who are offending in a similar manner.

The man appeared in the Porirua District Court on Saturday, March 20.  on eight charges of obtaining by deception.

Inquiries are continuing and Police expect it is likely that more charges will be laid.