TROY — Two Michigan men have been charged with more than 50 felony forgery charges after a deputy uncovered a suspected credit card scam over the weekend.
The investigation began when a Miami County Sheriff’s deputy noticed two men sleeping in a U-Haul van that was running at a gas pump at the Speedway gas station located at 1475 W. Market St. on Saturday at approximately 8 a.m. According to Chief Deputy Steve Lord of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy detected an odor of marijuana after checking on the two occupants and searched the vehicle, uncovering numerous gift cards, fake credit cards, and a card scanner.
The investigation is still ongoing, but it appeared that the subjects may have been using fake credit cards to purchase gift cards from various businesses, according to sheriff’s office reports. It is unclear if any local businesses were affected.
The U-Haul van was also found to have been reported stolen out of Michigan, as the subjects were found to be in possession of the van beyond the agreed-upon date.
Timothy Kyle Banks Jr., 21, and Aaron Deshawn Johnson, 21, both of Detroit, were charged with 52 counts of fifth-degree felony forgery, one count of fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property, and one count of fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools in connection with this incident.
Banks was the driver of the U-Haul van and Johnson was the passenger in this incident, according to sheriff’s office reports. They also were each charged with fourth-degree misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with this incident.
Banks and Johnson were incarcerated in the Miami County Jail on Saturday morning, and each was arraigned on those charges in Miami County Municipal Court on Tuesday. They are both continuing to be held in the jail on a total bond of $135,000 each.
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