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Two charged in Raleigh with debit-card fraud using California woman's ID

August 8, 2014

By Ron Gallagher, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)



Aug. 08--RALEIGH -- A man and woman from New York City were arrested Thursday evening on a string of charges involving fraudulent use of a California woman's debit card.

Daniel Anthony Persaud, 25, who listed a Brooklyn address, and Francesca Denise Huckaby, 63, who gave police an address on West 142nd Street in Manhattan, were charged .

According to arrests warrants, police believe they got $1,000 using the woman's Wells Fargo card after trying unsuccessfully to get $2,400 earlier Thursday.

The warrants also charge that Huckaby used the card to buy $4,918.05 in U.S. Postal Service money orders.

One of the charges against Huckaby was that she tried to get $3,004.95, but police did not specify how that happened.

It appeared from the initial investigation that the debit card was fictitious and that a driver's license in the woman's name had been forged, police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said.

It was unclear why the two suspects were in Raleigh from New York, but police said the arrests were part of a continuing investigation.

Persaud was charged with financial card forgery, trafficking in stolen identities, aiding and abetting an attempt to get property by false pretenses and felony conspiracy with Huckaby and unidentified other people.

Huckaby was accused of financial card fraud, obtaining property by false pretenses and identity theft.

Persaud was held in lieu of $550,000 bail and Huckaby in lieu of $150,000 for court appearances Friday.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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