Denison man caught in felony credit card scheme

Friday, October 6, 2017

A Denison man has been arrested on forgery and credit card fraud charges after returning to a Storm Lake store for a second time to use a fraudulent card.

On Wednesday, a victim from Des Moines reported to Storm Lake Police that someone was unlawfully using that person's credit card at businesses in Storm Lake.

An investigation determined that a subject had purchased approximately $150 in merchandise from the Casey's West Store on October 4 using a card with the victim's number on it. Security video was acquired from the store showing the suspect. Police posted stills on Facebook.

The next morning, the store alerted police that the suspect had returned and was purchasing items with a different credit card. The man left the store before police arrived, but Casey's staff was able to provide a description of his vehicle. A short time later an officer located and stopped the vehicle on West Milwaukee Avenue.

The suspect, Orlando Miranda Diaz, age 28 of Denison, had several fraudulent credit cards in his possession. He was taken into custody and transported to the police station for questioning. Diaz's vehicle was impounded pending application for a search warrant.

That evening, Storm Lake Police with support from Denison Police executed a search warrant at Diaz' residence in Denison, but did not located any additional evidence in the case. In a search of the vehicle later, police seized a credit card reader/writer device, 13 iTunes gift cards, multiple cell phones, Redbox movies, a Visa debit card and assorted, unknown pills.

Diaz was charged with Ongoing Criminal Conduct and Forgery (both felonies) and two counts of Unauthorized Use of Credit Cards. Additional charged are pending. He was booked into Buena Vista County Jail on $25,000 bond.

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