Traffic Stop Leads To Discovery Of 32 Counterfeit Credit Cards

Traffic stop leads to discovery of 32 counterfeit credit cards

WILLINGTON – A pair of New York City men are facing counterfeiting and larceny charges after a traffic stop on I-84 West Tuesday evening led to the discovery of 32 counterfeit credit cards and more than $7,500 in fraudulently purchased retail merchandise.

State police said a trooper stopped a 2012 Dodge Charger going 88 miles an hour on I-84 West at 11 p.m. Tuesday near the Willington rest area and discovered brass knuckles and 32 credit cards hidden in a shoe all under the name of the vehicle's passenger, Stephone Ashton, 21, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

State police also discovered recently purchased merchandise inside the vehicle, including an Xbox video game system, perfume and a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet all still in the original packaging but without any receipts. The merchandise had a total retail value of more than $7,500, police said.

Both Ashton and the driver of the vehicle, Jahmel Sinclair, 20, of Queens, N.Y., were "unable to provide specific locations of the stores where the merchandise was purchased," police said.

Troopers determined that the credit cards had been "fraudulently created" and used to purchase the merchandise in the vehicle and seized it.

Ashton was charged with third-degree larceny and credit card counterfeiting. Sinclair was charged with reckless driving, weapons in a motor vehicle and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny.

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