A Detroit man is at the center of a credit card identity theft scam spanning across several states.
Jamarr Bowens, 25, was charged in Wisconsin with unauthorized use of personal identifying information or documents.
Court records say Bowens rented a car from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Telegraph Road in Southfield and drove from Detroit to a suburb in Milwaukee. He is accused of attempting to buy computers from two Best Buy stores with counterfeit credit cards.
The counterfeit cards didn’t have his name on them. He told officers “he picked a name” but the name links back to a man from Livonia.
Investigators said Bowens had five cloned credit cards on him when he was arrested. The victims were from Michigan, New Mexico and Hawaii. None of victims had ever met Bowens.
The credit card numbers were traced and investigators found declined transactions in Ohio, Iowa and Pennsylvania.
Bowens originally denied using the cards, but after police revealed they had him on video making purchases, his story changed, according to police.
Court documents show Bowens claimed he purchased the credit cards from a man in Chicago for $20.
Investigators in Wisconsin said they do not believe Bowens worked this identity scam alone and expect additional charges and possibly more victims.