Police in McAllen Texas have reported 2 arrests on charges related to credit card fraud related to the Target Credit and Debit card security breach. Two Mexican citizens, Mary Carmen Garcia and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, were caught buying tens of thousands of dollars of merchandise using cards containing the account information of South Texas residents stolen during the Target security breach.
According to police, the pair used the stolen credit card account information to purchase numerous items at national retailers in the area including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.
While local Texas police thought that the recent arrest indicated that those responsible for the Target breach are selling that consumer credit card information to criminals in specific regions, Federal officials are denying the link.
Although they could not elaborate more, the federal official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were prohibited from providing details about the investigation.
In an email, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said: “The U.S. Secret Service continues to work closely with affected parties and law enforcement to investigate the Target breach. In regards to the arrests announced yesterday, the Secret Service is working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and McAllen Police Department to determine if there is any connection.”
The two suspects arrested on Monday, Garcia and Guardiola, are currently being held on state fraud charges.