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November 27, 2012

Rhonda Lee Devries Sentenced in Fraud Scheme

Rhonda Lee Devries Sentenced in Fraud Scheme

On November 27, 2012, the US Attorney’s office for the District of Montana announced that Devries was sentenced to 110 months in prison and ordered to pay $3,811,221.52 in restitution.  She was sentenced for her role in a large bank fraud and embezzlement scheme, credit card fraud scheme, and money laundering scheme.   Devries ...

November 9, 2011

Store Specific Credit Cards: Targeting Youthful Holders

Store Specific Credit Cards: Targeting Youthful Holders

Many of us have become familiar with the all too common “help” of a retail store employee informing us that we can save 15% on our purchase if we sign up with the store's credit card.  However, while they may provide savings, many find that the percentage they save now may come at the expense of damaged credit and inflated rates later ...

November 9, 2011

The Return of Layaway: The Old/New Competition for Credit Cards

The Return of Layaway: The Old/New Competition for Credit Cards

Layaway, a payment plan established by some retailers which allows purchasers to put items aside until they are fully paid off, is making a comeback from many larger retailers, especially for the holiday season. Layaway was a popular method before credit cards became easily obtainable and commonplace.  Now consumers, armed with the ...

October 28, 2011

The Future of Credit Cards

The Future of Credit Cards

If you have recently traveled abroad, specifically to Europe, you may have noticed a new kind of credit card terminal at checkout counters. These innovations combine the traditional magnetic strip reader with two sensors: a pad for “tap and go payments” and a slot for cards with uncovered EMV chips. Since the early 90’s EMV (acronym ...

October 28, 2011

Couple Arrested For Trafficking Credit Cards

Couple Arrested For Trafficking Credit Cards

In Tarpon Spring, Florida a Port Richey couple has been accused of stealing approximately 8,000 credit card numbers. Jail records show 30-year-old Angel Toland and 23-year-old Gary Blair were being detained Thursday at Pinellas County Jail on $5,000 bonds—it is not known if either will hire an attorney for their credit card trafficking ...

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