LEE COUNTY-- On January 11, 2011, at approximately 4:37 PM, a detective assigned to the Lee County Sheriff's Office Highway Interdiction Unit was patrolling I-75 in North Fort Myers near Mile Marker 145. The detective conducted a traffic stop on a rented 2011 Dodge Minivan for driving too slowly in the left and obstructing the flow of traffic. The vehicle had one occupant. Upon making contact with the driver the detective noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A background check on the driver revealed previous charges of credit card cloning, fraud and identity theft.
A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a computer zip drive containing the information of 47 cloned credit cards. This bank account / credit card information is used to manufacture counterfeit credit cards and steal the identity of unsuspecting victims.
Due to the nature of the incident the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Unit responded to the scene and will assume the investigation.
At the conclusion of the investigation, Reginald Pinchinat (DOB 06/03/73) was arrested and charged as follows:
One count of Trafficking in cloned credit card information Additional charges will be forthcoming pending identification of the victims by the Economic Crimes Unit.