Fugitive arrested in credit card scam targeting crafts chain

first_imgCAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A California man charged in a widespread credit card scam involving retailer Michaels is back in New Jersey after several years on the run. The U.S. attorney’s office says Jose Salazar fled to Mexico after he was indicted in 2015. Salazar and others were accused of installing bogus point-of-sale terminals at about 80 of the arts and crafts stores in 19 states in 2011. The group allegedly stole about 94,000 debit and credit card numbers and used them to illegally withdraw cash. Salazar was arrested in Mexico City last September and made his initial court appearance in Camden by videoconference on Thursday. He’s charged with bank fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.last_img

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