A Chicago woman was charged with three felonies after she allegedly used a fake credit card with another person’s account information on it to buy clothes and other goods in River Forest and Oak Park, police said.
Shirley Cameron, 47, of the 200 block of North Keeler Avenue, shopped at GAP Clothing in Oak Park and Jewel Osco and Walgreens in River Forest on March 4, River Forest Police Department Justin Labriola said. She also possessed a fake Indiana driver’s license, police said.
An investigation showed Cameron regularly bought bundles of re-encoded credit cards on Chicago’s West Side and used the cards until they no longer worked, according to a River Forest Police Department news release. Police suspect Cameron has been using the re-encoded cards since at least 2013, Lavriola said.
Her March purchases included spending about $33 at GAP, about $340 at Jewel Osco and about $312 at Walgreens, including a Hallmark gift card, Labriola said. The Jewel Osco and Walgreens purchases included $300 gift cards, he said.
River Forest police arrested Cameron April 11 after a traffic stop in Chicago, according to the Tuesday release.
The victim, who lives downstate, reported she had not lost or had her credit card stolen. One of Cameron’s re-encoded cards matched the victim’s credit account, police said in the release.
Police are investigating the source of the re-encoded card with help from federal agencies, the release states.
Cameron was charged with two counts of felony use of a forged credit card and felony possession of a fraudulent identification card. River Forest detectives alerted Oak Park police about Cameron’s suspected activities at Oak Park stores, the release states.