Counterfeit gift cards case moves forward

CONYERS - Three men who were arrested after a bank teller became suspicious of their cash deposits have been bound over to Superior Court on multiple charges following a hearing Friday afternoon in Magistrate Court.

Cameron Harrison, 21, David Harrison, 27, and Joseph Patrick Young, 33, are charged with being in possession of what authorities allege are counterfeit gift cards.

The charges stem from a Dec. 17 arrest during which authorities were called to a local bank after a series of large cash deposits were reportedly made.

The deposits were reported to be in the $9,000 range, just below the cash amount that requires the deposits to be brought to the attention of federal authorities, but because there was more than one transaction, bank officials became suspicious and contacted authorities.

After it left the bank, units of the Conyers Police Department subsequently stopped the men's vehicle, which had a handwritten drive-out tag.

Conyers Police Chief David Cathcart said while officers were questioning the men, whose stories were inconsistent, a K-9 unit of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office arrived at the scene to assist in the investigation.

The dog alerted to possible drugs in the car, and a search of the vehicle revealed a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine.

Also found were a duffel bag and attache case that reportedly contained about 75 gift cards from various department stores and approximately $13,000 in cash.

Charges against the men include financial transaction card forgery and drug offenses, and Cathcart said the investigation is continuing.

The three men, all reportedly from the Augusta area, are being held in the Rockdale County Jail. Cameron Harrison has a $325,000 bond, while David Harrison and Young each have $100,000 bonds.

Ric Latarski can be reached at ric.latarski@rockdalecitizen.com.