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N.Y. man illegally used credit card numbers to buy fuel and merchandise at Northampton Co. gas station, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jul 05 2013 10:05:26 PM CDT
STOCKERTOWN, Pa. -

A New York man was caught illegally using credit card numbers to buy gas, groceries and cigarettes, officials said.

Stanislav Kogan used three credit cards issued in his name but with numbers belonging to other people to buy $250 in gasoline, plus soda and cigarettes worth $30.25 at the Sunoco station in the 800 block of Main Street in Stockertown, Northampton Co., at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.

Investigators were told by the credit card companies that all three accounts had been closed, officials said.

Police were able to catch Kogan because of a report by a Sunoco employee, who told them on Tuesday that for the last week to 10 days, a man in a maroon pickup truck was using multiple credit cards to buy large quantities of gas, officials said.

The employee told police that the man was pumping the gas into a tank in the rear of the truck that was concealed by a truck cap, and that when some of the credit cards were denied, the man would use others, officials said.

The employee said the man also used Vanilla Gift Cards to make some purchases at the station's convenience store, and that on occasion, some of the gift cards were denied, officials said.

Several of the gift cards were found on Kogan when he was arrested, officials added.

Kogan, 23, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was arraigned on charges of access device fraud and identity theft and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $50,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. July 12.