Man caught in road block with 149 allegedly stolen "Green Dot" cards

Man caught in road block with 149 allegedly stolen "Green Dot" cards

Ocmulgee Drug Task Force Agents discovered the cards during a Governor's Office of Highway Safety check point. Some of the cards were reported stolen from Milledgeville.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A man was caught with 149 allegedly stolen “Green Dot,” cards during a road block.

Henry Marguilies, was apprehended Friday, at a Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) check point in Eatonton inside Putnam County, according to Baldwin County Sheriff's Capt. Brad King.

Marguilies, 44, along with two other suspects were pulled over by Ocmulgee Drug Task Force agents, who were participating in the GOHS check point.

The three suspects were interviewed about having the brand new “Green Dot” cards.

“You can buy the Green Dot cards and load money to it, and money can be pulled from it without any interest,” said King. “It's all dollar for dollar.”

The three suspects were coming from Baldwin County when they ran into the check point, according to King. Authorities were able to determine 35 of the cards were stolen from Milledgeville.

Task Force agents contacted Baldwin County Detective Lt. Bobby Langford and the suspects were taking to Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

Agents found three ledger books with more than 100 card accounts, which included pin numbers.

“The ledger books had green dot car numbers and pin numbers that were crossed through and we believe that shows cards that they had already drawn money from,” said King.

The ledgers also included different locations in Baldwin County, Macon, Madison and Atlanta, he said.

Marguilies was arrested and charged with three counts of financial card theft. Authorities has named him the leader of the group.

However, the other two suspects were released after they were questioned.

King explained how the scam works.

“They shoplift the “Green Dot” cards and then take a razor blade and remove a portion of the sticker covering the pin number on the back,” he said. “Then they manipulate one of the letters and write down the accurate pin number in the ledger book.”

They replace the sticker and return the cards to the store without being detected, he said.

“What happens next is an unsuspecting customer buys the card and puts money on it,” he added. “In the meantime the bad guys call an 800 number to find out how much money is on the card.”

King says because the pin number has been altered , whoever gets the card cannot retrieve money due to using the incorrect pin number.

“The bad guys use the correct pin number to get the money from the card and legitimately purchase a new card and transfers the money to the new card,” he continued.

All of the cards in Marguilies possession have a minimum of $20 and some had a maximum of $500 to $1,000.

“But, nothing was on these cards they had just stolen them,” said King.

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