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Man Held on Credit Card Fraud Charges

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A Panama City man is charged with credit card fraud after an unknown charge shows up on a customer's account.

According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, a man contacted the office regarding a $133 charge on his credit card from a business he had never heard of.

After investigating, deputies say that 27-year-old Matthew Allen of Panama City used the customer's credit card in his place of employment, charging five movie rentals on a kiosk in the store. The $133 charge came to light after Allen did not return the movies and the full price was charged to the card.

Allen was booked into the Bay County Jail.

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Here is the press release from the Bay County Sheriff's Office:

In September on 2013 the Bay County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a man disturbed about an unusual charge of $133.00 that appeared on his credit card bill by a KDK Rentals that he never authorized. The victim, who didn't recall ever doing business with a company called KDK Rentals, also was still in possession of his credit card.

Subsequent investigation by the BCSO Criminal Investigations Division revealed that KDK Rentals had the same business address as Pier 98, a convenience store at 5904 East Hwy 98, Parker. Investigators found a movie rental kiosk located inside the store called KDK Rentals. The victim stated he had gone to Pier 98 on August 24th and purchased gas with his credit card. In order to prevent drive off thefts of gasoline, the store required customers using a credit card to buy gas to first go into the store and leave their credit card with the clerk. The victim did so, paid for his gas purchase, and left. On September 10, a charge of 133.00 by KDK Rentals was made to the card.

Investigators now believe when the victim left his credit card with the clerk, the clerk used it to charge the rental of five movies from the KDK Rental kiosk which allows credit card rentals with no identification. The charge is typically nominal for such a rental and might have escaped the notice of the victim except the clerk failed to return the movies and by September 10, KDK Rentals simply placed the full cost of the five movies on the credit card used to make the rental as a penalty.

Investigators have arrested store clerk Mathew Allen, age 28, of 202 Hill Road, Panama City, and charged him with Criminal Use of Personal Identification, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, and Violation of Probation on a previous charge of Retail Theft.

The public is urged to use caution when leaving their credit or debit card with anyone.

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