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Fraud suspect arrested in 2008 case

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

The search for a Clayton County man is over, after he was jailed in Henry County for allegedly buying items with stolen credit cards.

Charles Clarence Dukes, 29, of Jonesboro, appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Thursday. He is charged with three counts of financial transaction card fraud, and one count of unauthorized use of a transaction card.

Dukes, represented by the Public Defender's Office, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges against him. Judge Robert Godwin bound Dukes' case over to Superior Court, according to court records.

The fraud case centers on purchases which Dukes allegedly made in August of 2008, at Summit Racing Equipment, located at 20 King Mill Road in McDonough. Henry County Police suspect him of using stolen credit cards to buy items at the store, according to an arrest warrant. Authorities have been looking for Dukes since Feb. 6, 2009.

Dukes, the warrant states, allegedly used a stolen Visa card at Summit Racing on Aug. 21, 2008, to buy merchandise valued at $611.88, and purchased items totaling $726.32 with the same card two days later.

The suspect also reportedly defrauded the automobile-parts store on Aug. 26, 2008, by purchasing $617.70 worth of items.

According to the arrest warrant, Dukes later "took a substantial step towards the offense of financial transaction card fraud when [he] called Summit Racing Equipment and used financial ... information ... in an attempt to purchase goods from Summit Racing Equipment on Aug. 28, 2008, with the knowledge that the card information was stolen."

Dukes was apprehended by a Henry County Sheriff's deputy, Wednesday, and taken to the Henry County Jail. He was being held in the jail Thursday, on $7,500 bond, according to records from the jail.