Stafford County credit card fraudster arrested after stealing information from 100 people

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – A man suspected of credit card fraud who gained access to approximately 100 credit card accounts of different victims was arrested and jailed Monday this week after a thorough investigation by a detective from the Stafford County.

Police were first made aware of the scammer’s whereabouts on October 28, 2021, when an MP took a fraud report involving a suspect buying auto parts online.

Three invoices were billed to addresses in Maryland, Colorado and California, but all three products were shipped to an address on Garrison Woods Drive in Stafford. The resident of the address was Richard Allen, Jr., 22.

(Courtesy of Stafford County Sheriff’s Office)

The investigation was assigned to Detective Talbot of the Criminal Investigation Division. He contacted other victims in the case and collected other evidence, including bank and internet records.

Talbot was able to identify 12 victims across the country, most of whom wanted to press charges against the attacker.

Search warrants were obtained for Allen’s car and residence. During these searches, further evidence of Allen’s fraudulent activity was uncovered.

Seized Credit Card Reader/Writer (Courtesy of Stafford County Sheriff’s Office)

Allen was arrested on Monday, May 2, with 11 charges to his name. These charges included three counts of obtaining money under false pretences, three counts of impersonation, three counts of credit card theft, receipt of fraudulent goods and possession of false credit card.

Allen is currently being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.