Stillwater man charged with felony debit card fraud

A 58-year-old Stillwater man was charged with felony financial transaction card fraud.

Raymond Wingo Sr. was charged with the felony after an investigation conducted by the Woodbury Police Department regarding multiple thefts from vehicles in the parking lots surrounding the Woodbury YMCA, located at 2175 Radio Drive, and Central Park, located at 8595 Central Park Place, both in Woodbury. According to the criminal complaint, the thefts from the vehicles were subsequently linked to financial card transaction frauds.

On Feb. 3, 2017, a victim reported to police that her vehicle had been broken into while parked at Central Park in Woodbury. According to the criminal complaint, the victim stated that her gym bag was stolen and inside were the victim’s credit and debit cards, and other items. The investigation revealed that the victim’s financial cards were used at three locations in Woodbury: Target, the Super America and the Daily Express. According to the criminal complaint, the detective obtained video surveillance, still photographs and transaction information related to the victim’s Visa credit card from Target. During the Feb. 3 Target financial transaction card fraud, gift cards were purchased in the amount of $697.69, complaint said. Declined transactions included attempted purchases for $697.69, $612.00, $612.00 and $612.00.

According to the criminal complaint, the detective observed a photo of the female suspect leaving the store wearing a black jacket, a black hat with a short brim, and what appeared to be a blue and white checkered button shirt. The detective observed that this photograph matched the appearance of Latrice Hillman, 26, of St. Paul. According to the criminal complaint, surveillance video captured Hillman being dropped off by a black Lexus sedan, and the investigation revealed that Wingo had purchased this vehicle on Dec. 10, 2016.

Officers learned that the victim’s Visa credit card was also used at the Super America in Woodbury at 3:08 p.m. for $30 and 3:09 p.m. for $50. On Feb. 6, the detective obtained the surveillance video of the transaction. According to the criminal complaint, the video showed a dark Lexus sedan arrive and stop at a gas pump at 2:58 p.m. Video surveillance then showed the Lexus park in front of the store. The sedan appeared to be the same sedan from Target.

According to the criminal complaint, the Visa card was also used at the Woodbury BP Daily Express for $1 at 3:59 p.m. According to the criminal complaint, Hillman unsuccessfully attempted to use the victim’s Visa card. The BP store employee confirmed from surveillance video, the suspect vehicle was a Lexus and had a license plate that matched that of Wingo’s Lexus. According to the criminal complaint, the detective reviewed the tape and saw the male driver get out of the vehicle to help Hillman with the transaction. The vehicle left the Daily Express approximately two minutes after arriving. In a post Miranda interview, the Wingo confirmed he was the male driving the vehicle and driving Hillman from place to place. He confirmed that he was the male in the gas station video helping Hillman.

Wingo is schedule to appear in court Aug. 9. If found guilty, the felony carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a fine of $10,000.