Warrants Issued in Credit Card Fraud Investigation

The lengthy investigation into a debit/credit card fraud scheme, which took place primarily in the state of Alabama, has resulted in more than 160 felony warrants being issued against six members of a Birmingham rapper gang.  The Gardendale police have been a part of this investigation since February and are now searching for the members of a gangsta-rap group known as the “Hood Dynasty”.

A press statement acknowledged that the criminal activity took place across the United States but was concentrated along the Interstate 65 corridor from Birmingham to Huntsville.  Gardendale Lieutenant Bryan Lynch reported that the scheme involved the suspects using fraudulent cards to purchase gift cards which were used to pay the personal expenses of the gang members.

Search warrants were executed on May 17th during two raids in Irondale by the Gardendale Police and the United States Secret Service.  The information obtained in these raids resulted in 164 felony warrants being issued on Tuesday against the gang members.

The charges against the suspects are as follows:

Eric Jose Azcona, 27, has been charged with 28 fraudulent uses of a credit card, 26 identity thefts, trafficking in stolen identities, and theft of property in the first degree.  Bond has been set at $1,260,000.

Christian Talmadge Packer, 24, has been charged with 21 fraudulent uses of a credit card, 18 identity thefts, trafficking in stolen identities, and first-degree theft of property.  Bond has been set at $885,000.

Joshua Caleb Lewis, 25, of Birmingham, has been charged with 15 fraudulent uses of a credit card, 13 identity thefts, trafficking in stolen identities, and attempted theft of property in the first degree.  Bond has been set at $645,000.

Devin Daiget Coleman, 26, has been charged with 11 fraudulent uses of a credit card, 2 identity thefts, trafficking in stolen identities, and attempted theft of property in the first degree.  Bond has been set at $405,000.

Steven Joseph Azcona, 24, has been charged with 9 fraudulent uses of a credit card, 5 identity thefts, trafficking in stolen identities, and attempted theft of property in the first degree.  Bond has been set at $315,000.

Kenosha Renay Shaw, 24, has been charged with 2 fraudulent uses of a credit card, 2 identity thefts, and trafficking in stolen identities.  Bond has been set at $120,000.