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Pair arrested for making purchases with phony credit cards

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Morejon, a 35-year-old Tampa man, is being held on a bond of $12,000. Morejon, a 35-year-old Tampa man, is being held on a bond of $12,000.
LAKELAND (FOX 13) -

Lakeland Police have arrested two men on a variety of charges after they attempted to make purchases with counterfeit credit cards at a Target store.

Juan Rojas-Morejon and Hector Omar Rondon-Rivera were booked into the Polk County Jail late Thursday.

According to a Lakeland Police Department report officers contacted the pair after they tried to buy electronic equipment at the retail store located at 4005 North State Road 98 just after 3 p.m.

A preliminary investigation revealed Rojas-Morejon, 35, brought approximately $1,000 worth of merchandise to the register. He handed the cashier a counterfeit Visa card in the name of Shawn West.

When the transaction was declined the Tampa resident produced an identification card and a MasterCard in the name of Shawn West, which was accepted.

Rondon-Rivera, 38, attempted to make his purchases with a counterfeit MasterCard but the card was declined. The Hialeah man then produced several other counterfeit cards and all were denied.

Rojas-Morejon was arrested on one count of forgery, one count of uttering a forged instrument, one count of grand theft, one count of scheming to defraud, one count of petit theft and four counts of credit card forgery.

He is being held on a bond of $12,000.

Rondon-Rivera is facing similar charges and is being held without bond due to an outstanding warrant out of Marion County for similar crimes.

LPD officers also confiscated 20 additional counterfeit credit cards, two fake drivers' licenses – from Ohio and Pennsylvania – and merchandise that were purchased with the phony cards from several other stores in the area.

Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

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