A man suspected of financial card fraud was caught with evidence including victims’ information, said Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said.
Darryll Michael Garrett, 21, of Warner Robins, a student at Georgia Southern University, is charged with burglary as well as seven counts of financial identity fraud and eight counts of financial transaction card fraud, he said.
Several GSU students reported being victims of fraud when “their cards were illegally used at local businesses and on the internet for online transactions,” Turner said. “Detective Ken Scott was assigned to lead the investigation and uncovered information on the transactions.”
While Scott was investigating the cases, University Police Department detectives arrested Garrett on burglary charges. “During the arrest, Garrett was found to be in possession of several victim’s identifying information, addresses, and credit card numbers,” he said. In working with university police investigators, Scott matched several fraud cases to the information Garrett had on the victims, and discovered “Garrett lived in the same dorm as several of the victims on GSU campus,” Turner said.
Garrett “fraudulently used” the information he gathered from victims to make purchases in April, online and locally, he said. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.