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Three accused of credit card 'skimming'

February 7, 2014

By Kevin Barlow, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.



Feb. 07--NORMAL -- Three Normal residents have been charged in a credit card "skimming" incident from the Steak 'n Shake restaurant at 325 S. Veterans Parkway in Normal.

The Normal Police Department, McLean County Sheriff's Department and Bloomington Police Department received seven reports in December and January of fraudulent credit card charges, officials say. Detectives found that credit card information had been compromised and made the arrests Monday.

Marlon Pettis, 19, Arneka Boddie, 36, and Benarro Williams, 34, were arrested at a residence in the 600 block of South Linden Street in Normal after a search warrant was served.

Pettis is charged with organizing a financial crime enterprise, a Class X felony, and continuing to operate a financial crime enterprise, a Class 1 felony. Boddie and Williams are charged with defrauding a financial institution of more than $500, a Class 3 felony, and receiving unauthorized goods and services, a Class 4 felony.

Pettis was released after posting $5,025. Boddie and Williams posted $525 each to be released.

Officials said Steak 'n Shake cooperated fully with authorities and this has been identified as an isolated incident by one employee at this location only.

Anyone who may have used a credit or debit card at Steak 'n Shake between Nov. 15, 2013, and Feb. 1, 2014, and noticed unauthorized transactions on the account should contact Detective Darren Wolters, dwolters@normal.org, or Detective Nicole Bruno, nbruno@normal.org, by email or by phone at 309-454-9593.

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