NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Detectives with Louisiana State Police's Bureau of Investigations Gaming Division have arrested a New York man for multiple counts of credit card fraud after he was found to be the ring leader of a large criminal fraud organization. Jorge Mejia, 30, was extradited to New Orleans, Tuesday, after he was issued a Governor's Warrant on Racketeering Charges.
According to police, the investigation began in December 2012 when police learned that multiple individuals walked into Harrah's Casino with stolen information to withdraw thousands of dollars from casino tellers and ATM's. After further investigation, police arrested 11 individuals involved after detectives identified Mejia as the ring leader. Mejia's charges include: theft in the amount of $46,694.85, 27 counts of possession of fraudulent documents for identification, 27 counts of forgery and 27 counts of monetary instrument abuse.
Police say that detectives learned that Mejia instructed members of the group to steal account information from people in New York parking garages and nightclubs. The information was then placed on fraudulent credit cards and used for cash advances in multiple cities in America, including New Orleans. The profits from those transactions would then go to Mejia.
The investigation into the incident continues. Louisiana State Police are working with the New Jersey Casino Prosecution Bureau, the Bronx New York District Attorney's Office and other agencies in an effort to expand the investigation. Police say that there may be additional charges in the case.