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* Otis Lewis Hickman and Jazzmin Veronica Lynne Cooper Arrested for Alleged Cloned Credit Card Scam

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A Bay Point forklift operator was arrested early Sunday morning in Carmel after a cache of cloned credit cards were discovered during a search of his vehicle, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. Otis Lewis Hickman was driving on state Highway 1 near Ocean Avenue in Carmel just after midnight Sunday when he was stopped by deputies, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A search of his vehicle uncovered a number of cloned credit cards. Hickman, 35, and his wife, Jazzmin Veronica Lynne Cooper, 24, confessed using the cloned cards in a total of six businesses over a three-hour period to buy more than $500 worth of merchandise.

A search conducted at their home later in the day with the help of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office uncovered items associated with the manufacture of cloned credit cards. Hickman and Cooper are now suspected of conducting cloned credit card transactions across northern and central California, sheriff’s officials said.

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