2 out-of-state men arrested for credit card fraud in Cullman

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CULLMAN – One man from South Carolina and one from New Hampshire are behind bars in Cullman after being arrested for illegal possession of a credit card and first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument in Cullman this week.

On Tuesday, Cullman City Police Department (CPD) officers responded to reported fraud case at the Marathon gas station located on Alabama Highway 157. Employees of the station reported two people attempted to make purchases using multiple credit cards that were declined. The employees told officers the suspects left the business in a black Lexus with a South Carolina tag.

Officer David Brooks located the suspects’ vehicle and made a traffic stop near Panda Express. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Donnie Wakeen Briggs of South Carolina and the passenger as Oumaru Kante of New Hampshire.

Brooks and Officer Joey Duncan began an investigation and discovered a total of seven credit cards in the suspects’ possession. Authorities say the credit card numbers on the cards did not match the numbers recorded in the magnetic strips of the cards and that the numbers on the magnetic strips were most likely illegally obtained. Also in the suspects’ possession were three counterfeit $100 bills and more than 910 packs of Newport cigarettes, according to the CPD. The stamps on the cigarettes indicated they came from numerous counties throughout the state.

Briggs was arrested and charged with seven counts of illegal possession of a credit card and two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He is jailed on a $55,000 cash bond.

Kante was arrested and charged with seven counts of illegal possession of a credit card and one count of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He is jailed on a $45,000 cash bond.

Investigators Adam Clark and David Nassetta assisted patrol officers at the scene of the arrests. The CPD says this is still an ongoing investigation and more charges may be filed in the case. Any business owners who believe they have been the victim of thefts by these individuals are asked to contact Clark at 256-775-7170.

“I would like to thank the business owners for their role in the apprehension of these individuals,” said CPD Capt. Becky Boyd. “I would also like to commend the actions of Officers Brooks and Duncan, whose quick response and initial investigation led to the arrest of these two individuals. This case is a perfect example of the public and law enforcement working together. I would encourage any individual who suspects criminal activity to contact Cullman Police Department at 256-734-1434 or investigation at 256-775-7170.”

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