July 18--The New Yorker was boarding a plane to Texas when an X-ray machine detected something strange in a carry-on bag in Fort Lauderdale. It turned out to be a stack of counterfeit credit cards, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.
Gregory Guilaume, 23, of Elmont, was in Concourse H and going through a TSA security checkpoint at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. He was getting on Spirit Airlines flight 971 to Dallas, investigators said.
TSA officers noticed a large mass on the X-ray screen and opened Guillaume's bag. They found a bundle of more than 50 credit cards inside. They all had the name Joseph Katta on them but the magnetic stripes on the backs contained the names of many different people, according to the arrest report.
Guillaume had no explanation for having so many Joseph Katta credit cards so he was taken into custody to be questioned, officials said.
A search of Guillaume's wallet revealed five more credit cards and a driver's license with Katta's name but Guillaume's picture. He declined to talk with detectives, the report stated.
Bond was set at $6,000 on charges of trafficking in counterfeit credit cards and unlawful possession of the personal identification of another person, jail records show.
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