• Deputies Among Debit Card Fraud Victims

    ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga.,None - Several victims of debit card fraud in Rockdale County have ties to law enforcement, Channel 2 Action News consumer investigator Jim Strickland learned. The victims are members of Georgia United Credit Union.

    Kelly Honea is married to a detective, and she's a dispatch manager for Conyers' police 911.

    "I guess I'm just another victim," said Honea.

    Visa left a warning message last week about her account.

    "Right away, I logged in and found I had $12.53 in my checking account, so I knew something was up."

    Honea had her debit card in Georgia, but records show someone used a cloned card at a Los Angeles 7-Eleven to hit her account for several hundred dollars.

    "I'm thinking life goes on. I have to get this handled as quickly as I can," said Honea.

    Customers of five other metro credit unions have emailed Strickland to say they've been hit too.

    The victims include a half-dozen Rockdale County sheriff's deputies.

    They each use the credit union, and there's one other common factor:

    "Los Angeles, 7-Eleven ATMs," said Sgt. Jodie Shupe.

    Shupe is hoping the scammers made a mistake by concentrating on a small group of ATMs in a single city. A squad of angry and inconvenienced deputies is getting help from LAPD.

    "We're working very closely with that agency, and hopefully we'll have someone that will be arrested," said Shupe.

    The Sheriff's Office gives the credit union high marks for making sure all the victims were made whole in the end.

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