Clever mom helps police arrest credit card fraud suspect
STUART, Florida – Woman who noticed fraudulent charges on her bank account took matters into their own hands and tracked down the suspect.
“I live paycheck to paycheck. I’m a single mom. Every penny counts,” Khristina Hood told WPTV.
Hood’s bank account was wiped out earlier this week, leaving him $900. She knew she had to do something about it.
“It’s a lot for me. It might not be a lot for others, but for me it’s a lot,” she said.
Hood checked her account history and noticed eight transactions she did not make at a Wawa convenience store in Port St. Lucie and another Wawa in Stuart.
When Hood called the Wawa to Stuart, she said they had an idea who was responsible.
“(The Wawa employee) said to me, ‘Well, he spends about an hour at the pump. So the timestamp was around 6:00 p.m., 6:02 p.m. to be exact, and it was there until 7:03 p.m.,” Hood said. “He just puts in debit cards, left and right, left, and right, gift cards at the diesel pump, 9 and 10, so they’re back to back.”
The workers were able to give her a description of her vehicle and she decided to drive by Wednesday evening around the same time.
“We pulled over and I got goosebumps. I froze. I started shaking because the same description I had fresh in mind was sitting right there at the pump doing the same thing,” Hood said.
Hood called 911 and Stuart police responded immediately.
They posted photos of the scene on Facebook.
Police say the suspect, Rosniel Jimenez Gonzalez of Fort Lauderdale, was caught red-handed with a truck bed full of gas tanks filled with diesel hidden under carpet.
Gonzalez also had 28 fraudulent credit and debit cards and stolen IDs, police said.
“I’m glad I was able to stop him from doing it to other people because of the way he hurt me,” Hood said. “I don’t want anyone to feel that way.”
Gonzalez was arrested and charged with trafficking or possession of counterfeit credit cards, illegal transportation of fuel, fraudulently obtaining fuel, fraudulent credit card use more than twice in six months, and unlawful possession of the personal identity card of five or more people.
As for Hood, she is working with her bank in an effort to get her money back.
“I have nothing. I haven’t been able to update my license. I can’t drive right now. My rent isn’t paid. My bills aren’t paid,” Hood said. “Now I have to go to all these people and explain to them what happened.”
Hood told WPTV that police believe his information was stolen through a card skimmer.