A Baltimore County man is charged with multiple counts of attempted credit card fraud and related charges for allegedly trying to use two stolen credit card numbers to make a purchase.
Abbhyas Viroy Houenou, 24, of Essex, is charged with multiple counts of attempting to use another person's credit card, attempting to misrepresent himself as a cardholder, attempted theft and fraud, according to electronic court files.
Houenou is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $25,000 bond, according to the court files.
On Aug. 14, Westminster City Police responded to a report of a fraud at Safeway and while en route the officer received a description of the suspects and the vehicle leaving the scene, according to charging documents.
The officer conducted a traffic stop on the described vehicle and made contact with two men, one of whom was identified as Houenou, according to the documents.
Houenou allegedly told the officer that he attempted to use two credit cards, which were declined, and gave police the card numbers, according to the documents. Both suspects were allowed to leave while further investigation was made into the alleged fraud.
A detective with Westminster City Police met with the assistant manager of the Safeway and learned that Houenou was the suspect attempting to make a purchase with the declined credit card, according to the documents.
The credit card company provided police with the names of the individuals associated with those card numbers and the detective spoke with both individuals, according to the documents.
One victim said he and his wife still had their cards in their possession but they had been canceled on Aug. 15 because of fraudulent activity, according to the documents.
The second victim told police that his wife lost her card on Aug. 14 and contacted the credit card company, according to the documents.
Both victims said that they did not know Houenou and he did not have permission to use their cards, according to the documents.
A warrant was issued for Houenou on Aug. 28 and he was arrested on Tuesday according to the court files.
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