Tue, July 23

Justice caught in credit cared fraud

COTTONWOOD - During the month of April, the Cottonwood Police Criminal Investigations Division learned 53-year-old Randy Dean Justice had been to several area tire shops completing transactions and attempting to purchase tires with what appeared to be a gift credit card plus stolen credit card information. In one attempt, a merchant became suspicious, refused the transaction and called police.

During the subsequent investigation, detectives learned that Justice had been making thousands of dollars worth of purchases at various stores. It is believed he had obtained several credit card numbers while working part-time at a business in the 1100 block of North Main Street in Cottonwood.

While working the part-time job, he obtained valid credit card numbers from customers who made purchases and then used those stolen numbers to make his own purchases.

It was learned Justice had been to stores in Flagstaff, Cottonwood, Sedona, Chino Valley, Winslow, Prescott Valley, Payson and possibly other cities using the same scam.

During the incidents, he was driving a red 1987 Mazda pick-up. Many purchases were for gas, auto parts, camping goods and other supplies.

Detectives executed a search warrant at his residence and recovered more evidence including receipts and property related to fraudulent purchases.

On April 22, detectives arrested Justice and charged him with numerous felonies including fraudulent schemes, aggravated identity theft, trafficking in stolen property, theft, forgery, six counts of forgery of a credit card and sic counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

May 3, detectives recovered thousands of dollars worth of property believed to have been obtained while he was making these purchases. At this time there is no indication any of the businesses were involved in the frauds or thefts.