Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two employees of a local car dealership on multiple felony charges after it was discovered they were allegedly involved in a scheme to use stolen credit card information to obtain vehicles, a residential septic system and defraud multiple victims.
Charles T. Power, 54, of Troup County and Alfred Lamar Lovelace, 45, of Troup County were arrested Wednesday. Both are facing charges of multiple counts of identity fraud and financial transaction card fraud.
Investigators are working with Richmond County Investigators in locating a third party, Lonnie C. Moore, 22, of Augusta for alleged his role in the schemes. A warrant has been issued for Moore for acquiring the stolen credit information.
According to officials, Moore would allegedly obtain the credit numbers of victims outside the state and pass them along to Power and Lovelace.
Power and Lovelace allegedly tried to purchase five vehicles with the numbers, and was able to obtain three. The vehicles have since been recovered and returned.
Officials say the two Troup County men were the Sales Manager and Contract Manager of the local dealership. The name of the dealership was not released due to its cooperation with investigators.
One of the suspects allegedly used the credit information to install a residential septic system according to officials. Stolen numbers were also allegedly used to pay a bond on an acquaintance of one of the suspects. The total value of fraudulent purchases have not been determined at this time and an ongoing investigation is continuing to provide more information according to officials.
Powers is currently on bond and Lovelace remains in the Troup County Jail. Additional charges are anticipated.