Robber Calls Cops After Uncovering Large Scam In Couple's Home

Apparently, there is honor among thieves. One burglar broke into a couple's home to rob it, but when he found evidence of the scam they were pulling, he drew the line. The burglar turned the couple into police.

Police were tipped off about a much bigger crime when the arrested a petty thief. The thief told detectives he broke into a home in Miami-Dade County and had stumbled upon a credit card scam.

Federal investigators got involved and the thief reported that he saw fake credit cards that looked like they were manufactured in the home. Investigators went to the home to pretend they were investigating the burglary.

Chenequa Austin, 39, a resident living in the home with her boyfriend, had reported the burglary.

Agent Jason Lanfersiek wrote in a court report, "Chenequa Austin brought me through the residence to identify the path of the burglar. While inside the home, I immediately noticed, in plain view, numerous gift cards, debit cards, credit cards, and prepaid stored value cards readily apparent in various locations in the residence."

A closet with an open door revealed a card embossing machine in plain view. The couple was using the card to manufacture fake debit and credit cards.

Austin quickly turned on her boyfriend, Eric Jermaine Spivey, 27. She said Spivey had started teaching her about identity theft and credit card fraud a few months earlier.

After obtaining a search warrant, investigators found mover 300 cards, a machine that programs and reads them, designer clothing and expensive electronics. They also found a half ounce of the drug Ecstasy and a stolen handgun.

The gun was a match for an attempted murder case in the local area.

Spivey's phone is also full of text messages attesting to illegal dealings. He's been arrested and charged with identity theft, credit card fraud and attempted second-degree murder.

Update: Spivey and Austin both pleaded guilty to identity theft and fraud conspiracy charges. While Spivey was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison, Austin received a sentence of three years for fraud.

Source: Sun-Sentinel (2)
Photos: Broward Sheriff's Office Handout, Pixabay, Tom Eppenberger Jr./Wikimedia, 123RF Stock Photo

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