Dana Point man facing 89 charges related to alleged fraud in which vehicles, TVs, computers taken in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties
NEWPORT BEACH – A 49-year-old Dana Point man faces 87 felony and two misdemeanor counts tied to an alleged scheme in which businesses were bilked in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties for as much as $3 million, authorities said on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Orange County sheriff’s deputies arrested Daniel Lee Case last month on suspicion of running a forced-sale scheme, agency spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.
Authorities say Case made purchases at businesses with counterfeit or invalid credit cards by having merchants “force” the transactions, or input them manually – sidestepping typical safeguards at the counter.
Days or weeks later, the merchant would be notified that the transaction was fraudulent or unauthorized.
“Case fraudulently purchased vehicles, jewelry, high-end watches, computers, cellular phones, tablets, TVs, expensive dinners and motorcycles,” Braun said. “Many of the purchased items are still unaccounted for. Investigators are seeking to recover these stolen items.”
The crimes occurred over nine months and cost merchants at least $1 million, Braun said, adding that the total of fraudulent transactions could end up surpassing $3 million.
Sheriff’s investigators, along with the U.S. Secret Service agents, arrested Case on Jan. 23 at a storage facility in Dana Point. He was charged two days later with several felony counts.
On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Case appeared in court where the Orange County District Attorney’s Office added more counts to make it 89 in all.
Anyone who has information about this case was asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7486. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.
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