Boone Police Expose Statewide Credit Card Fraud Operation

Last Updated on March 26, 2022 2:38 pm

The Boone Police Department apprehended two suspects of a nationwide credit card fraud operation, with international implications, on Monday night August 20.

  This investigation began after receiving information from a local bank that bank officials had observed suspicious activity at one of their ATM machines in Boone.

The suspects in this case were fraudulently obtaining thousands of dollars from local bank ATM machines with the use of multiple bank cards. After having been notified by bank officials that the suspects were at a local branch Monday night, Boone Police officers located the suspect vehicle and were able to stop the vehicle and make the arrests.   A search of the suspects and their vehicle revealed multiple items of evidence, including US Currency and over (20) fraudulent credit cards.

Boone Police Department Investigators coordinated with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and a search was conducted of the suspects home.  Many more items of evidence were seized from the home.  The evidence indicates that the suspects are manufacturing fraudulent or “clone” bank cards, to illegally obtain money from innocent people’s bank accounts.

Boone Chief of Police Dana Crawford said“We have been working this case over the past two weeks. During that time we were able to establish methods and patterns, which were instrumental in locating and arresting these suspects.This is a very serious crime. As of today, we are still discovering new victims of this illegal operation.We would like to thank the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office for their valuable assistance in this investigation.”

The suspects were each initially charged with 3 felony counts of Financial Transaction Card Forgery.  They are both lodged in the Watauga County Jail under $10,000 secured bond. More charges are pending. 

Special Operations Lieutenant Danny Houck said, “This case is not complete; we are currently in communications with other federal and state law enforcement agencies about the possibilities of additional charges.  We also know that much of this currency was being wired to other suspects in Columbia, South America.  These suspects picked the wrong bank and the wrong town.” 

The suspects were identified as follows:

Norris Felton McLoyd

W/M, DOB 02-12-70

1927 Fuller Mill Road N

Thomasville, NC 27360

Yeneyder Del Socorro Norris

H/F, DOB 10-21-75

1927 Fuller Mill Road N

Thomasville, NC 27360

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