Couple Arrested In Stolen Credit Card Operation

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A man and woman are in the Jefferson County Jail for allegedly using stolen credit cards to go on a spending spree in Watertown.

The Sheriff's Department arrested Nathan Howard, also known as Daniel Howard, and Ashley Perlmutter.

Both are 23 years old and live in Altmar, officials said.

Both are charged with:

- fourth-degree grand larceny
- second-degree identity theft
- third-degree identity theft
- petit larceny

Howard was additionally charged with second-degree forgery and second-degree criminal impersonation.

Howard is also a fugitive wanted in Colorado on charges including money laundering, theft, forgery and identity theft.

On December 21, 2012, Howard and Perlmutter allegedly used a stolen credit card to rack up the following totals:

- more than $1,100 at Walmart in the town of Watertown
- more than $400 at Target in the town of Watertown
- more than $30 at Buffalo Wild Wings in the city of Watertown

The pair was arraigned in Watertown Town Court Thursday.

Bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond for Perlmutter and Howard.

According to officials, the suspects were receiving credit card information through a source.

With computer equipment, the two were able to use that information to clone credit cards, police said.

Officials said the pair used the cards to buy merchandise and receive cash back.

The suspects were arrested Wednesday after receiving a tip from Walmart store security.

More charges are pending against Howard and Perlmutter.

Investigators said they believed the identity theft victims are not local, but if you believe you are a victim, call the detective unit at the Sheriff's Department.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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