Alleged fake credit card production ring investigated

March 22, 2013 2:29:27 PM PDT
A task force comprised of the US Secret Service, Fort Bend and Harris County Sheriff's Offices, HPD and other law enforcement served more than a dozen arrest warrants Friday across at least three counties. Several sources tell us the investigation focuses on a ring of people who were allegedly making bogus credit cards.

Law enforcement raided a home on Barbarossa, in the Mission Bend area Friday morning. A search warrant gave them access to look for items related to their investigation. They seized thousands of dollars in vehicles, televisions and boxes of other evidence.

"Wow! That's a little scary there," said neighbor Johnny Hicks.

At one point a few blocks away deputies detained one man. They won't tell us who he is or why he was taken into custody so we're not showing his face.

Law enforcement won't provide any detail about their investigation because they are still attempting to make more than a dozen arrests.

Neighbors near the home say the residents had only lived here a few months. But some thought it suspicious that they never seemed to have a regular work schedule, while high-end vehicles would often be seen coming in and going out.

Neighbor John Lemon said, "I was thinking, man, they must have a cush job if they get to be home all the time doing and all that kind of stuff, you know?"

Neighbors tell us in the last month they have seen law enforcement conducting surveillance on those in the home. Lemon says one sat in a vehicle nearby with binoculars trained on those coming and going. It was something that left him feeling unsettled.

"Someone around here is doing something bad," he theorized.

At this point we know only that this is an investigation of an alleged bogus credit card production ring. Well more than a dozen arrest warrants were issued. We don't know how many have actually been arrested or the extent of this operation.

Investigators say they won't talk with any specifics until Monday. Right now they're worried about any other information making it more difficult to catch any outstanding suspects.

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