Credit card fraud adds up to $350,000

SURREY – Surrey RCMP’s Economic Crime Unit has charged a Surrey man and Delta woman accused of defrauding credit card companies of nearly $350,000.


Dean Gallo, 32, of Surrey and Hannah Denman, 26, of Delta, are charged with fraud over $5,000 and possession of credit card data. Gallo has also been charged with possession


of a firearm, and possession of a firearm while prohibited. Gallo remains in custody but Denman has been released on bail.


The investigation started on April 8 after a bank reported to police that one of their customer’s credit card accounts was compromised.


Surrey RCMP’s ECU on April 20 searched two residences, one in the 12500-block of


97th Avenue in Whalley and the other in the 13900-block of 74th Avenue in Newton, as well as a rented mail box. They seized $20,000 in property including a $10,000 bicycle, several computers, furniture and rare coins.


Cpl. Scotty Schumann said the computers had hundreds of credit card profiles on them. Also seized were 250 stolen credit cards, 450 pieces of mail stolen from Surrey, Richmond and New Westminster, and a loaded shotgun.


The information the pair had collected was being used to create credit cards for people whose identities they’ve stolen, Schumann alleged. The cards were then used to buy merchandise that was then sold for cash, he said. Tom Zytaruk