HAZLE TWP. — State police at Hazleton captured a man from Hazleton early Thursday morning on an arrest warrant charging him with credit card fraud at a casino in Louisiana.
Felix Alberto Colon, 31, of West 12th Street, was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on a fugitive from justice charge.
State police said they stopped Colon for driving a vehicle with an expired registration on state Route 309 at about 1:40 a.m. A records check showed an arrest warrant for Colon issued by Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division on Aug. 19, 2013.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit:
Colon entered Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans on Jan. 11, 2013 and used a Chase Bank credit card at a money cage for a $3,000 cash advance. The credit card was in Colon’s name.
About 90 minutes later, Colon went to another money cage for a $2,000 cash advance with a Citibank credit card that had his name on it, the affidavit says.
State police in Louisiana allege in the affidavit that the magnetic strips on the credit cards belong to other account holders with Chase Bank and Citibank. Two victims were in possession of their credit cards when Colon allegedly used the fraudulent cards with account information coded in magnetic strips, according to the affidavit.
Colon is charged in Louisiana with theft, unauthorized use of access card as theft, identity theft, access device fraud, possession of fraudulent documents, forgery and monetary instrument abuse.