Two men have been arrested in Laurel County on forgery charges after sheriff's deputies found them in possession of large numbers of credit and debit cards, some of them blank, and a machine to scan the cards and alter their contents.
Both suspects were being held in the Laurel County jail, charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and marijuana possession.
One man identified himself as Omar Said, 20, of Atlanta. The other man refused to provide a name, according to deputies. That man is listed on a citation as "John Doe," with a possible age of 25, possibly from Atlanta, the Laurel County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.
An investigation is continuing.
It began Monday, when deputies were sent to investigate suspected marijuana use in a room at a motel in southern Laurel County.
When officers checked the room, they saw "in plain view" a large number of credit and debit cards, some blank and others resembling Visa and MasterCard, the sheriff's department said. They also found the card-scanning machine and a computer for use in conjunction with the card writer, the sheriff said.
Deputies said they found a rental car that the suspects allegedly had driven.
Deputies also found receipts indicating that the suspects had obtained MoneyGrams for more than $1,000 at a local business, and then sent the MoneyGrams to an offshore account in the Philippines, the sheriff's department said.