Credit card scheme busted in Beaverton motel

California suspect accused of identity theft, conducting counterfeit operation

Thomas Geter, 40, was arrested Nov. 16, 2014 for allegedly running a fraudulent credit card operation. (BPD)
Thomas Geter, 40, was arrested Nov. 16, 2014 for allegedly running a fraudulent credit card operation. (BPD)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A California man arrested in Beaverton over the weekend was running a “sophisticated counterfeit credit card operation,” the Beaverton Police Department confirmed Tuesday.

Beaverton police spotted a 2007 Mercedes CL 550 parked outside the Comfort Inn late Sunday morning and, after a short inquiry, learned the man linked to the vehicle had used a fake driver’s license to rent the room, according to BPD spokesman Mike Rowe.

Further investigation revealed the Mercedes was paid for with a $40,000 loan in July based on another California resident’s stolen information. The victim had filed a police report about a week ago, Rowe said.

Once inside the room of the man, 40-year-old Thomas Geter, detectives uncovered several counterfeit credit cards, credit card-making devices, about $1,800 in cash, and more than $13,000 in new prepaid gift cards, receipts, shredded gift cards, credit cards and other documents, Rowe said.

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Rowe said Tuesday that Geter was more thank likely working alone in Beaverton, but may be tied with criminals in California. Geter was targeting Home Depot, Safeway, Albertsons, Walgreens and Rite Aid stores to purchase the gift cards, according to Rowe.

Geter was lodged on aggravated identity theft and unlawful use of a motor vehicle. His bail is set at $250,000.

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