Three people from Chicago arrested in local credit card fraud cases


KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)- Three people have been charged after fraudulent credit card activity was reported on multiple Eastman Credit Union accounts.

According to a Kingsport Police report, an official with Eastman Credit Union reported that ‘fraudulent activity’ was happening with multiple accounts in the Kingsport Area.

That fraudulent activity was reported at several Walgreens locations in the city of Kingsport.

Surveillance video helped authorities track down the suspects, identified as Keana Smith, Shalonda Hilderbrand, and Lewis Blake, all are from the Chicago area.

According to that police report,”…The amount of successful transactions totaled in excess of $1,000; in total, 40 unique credit card numbers were used, while 47 total attempts (including successful transactions) were conducted.“

Kingsport Police spokesman Tom Patton told News Channel 11 that the department believes these three people arrested are part of a larger group stealing credit card information.

All three suspects were arrested and taken to the Kingsport City Jail.

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