Crime

3 Chinese citizens indicted in Fayette for possession of fraudulent credit cards

Three men thought to be Chinese citizens have been indicted in Fayette Circuit Court on charges related to a fraudulent credit-card ring that spanned several states.

Le Yu, 22, Lei Tian, 22, and Liye Zhei, 23, each face 86 counts of possession of a forged instrument, one count of possession of a forged instrument and one count of false making or embossing of a credit card. The indictments were issued Tuesday.

The men allegedly "cloned" 86 credit cards, meaning they copied working credit-card information to the magnetic strips of blank cards.

The men were arrested March 11 after a Meijer loss-prevention employee observed them acting strangely. The employee called police, who said they found the 86 fake credit cards in the men's car. The men had been using the cards to buy iPods at the Meijer in Hamburg, police said.

The men also are thought to have used the cards in London and Somerset, and in Ohio, Indiana and Georgia.

Tian, Yu and Zhei are being held at the Fayette County jail in lieu of $258,000 bond each. The indictment suggests the court might have to provide a Mandarin interpreter for the men during court hearings.

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