Crime

Three men indicted on charges of making fake credit cards

A Fayette County grand jury has indicted three men in connection with the making and using of fake credit cards.

Dmytro Bondaryev, 27, Maxim Zhestkov, 24, and Anatoly Mustyukov, 55, were named in a 78-count indictment returned Wednesday in Fayette Circuit Court.

Lexington police arrested and charged the three on Sept. 23 after they allegedly tried to purchase cigarettes and gift cards with fake credit cards at the Kroger off Bryan Station Road.

They are each charged with one count of trafficking in financial information and one count of the false making or embossing of a credit or debit card. The remaining 76 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument are divided among the three defendants.

Trafficking in financial information is a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison. The one count of false making or embossing of a credit card and each count of criminal possession of a forged instrument is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.

The three remain lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center, according to the jail website.

They are scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 25 before Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark. Notes on the indictment say the three men will require a Russian interpreter when they are arraigned.

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