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Ponoka RCMP arrest three people for identity and credit card fraud

Two suspects at large

Ponoka RCMP have arrested three people for credit card fraud after a female and male suspect attempted to pay for a hotel room with false identification and invalid credit card information.

When the two suspects were alerted that police had been called Tuesday, they fled.

Ponoka RCMP discovered that five suspects had been occupying three hotel rooms.

Three suspects were taken into custody, and two suspects remain at large. One male was found to be in possession of brass knuckles.

Ponoka RCMP received authority to search the hotel rooms and found computers, printers, card laminating equipment, external hard drives, USB thumb drives, photography equipment, and credit card and identification information.

All of the items were being used to create fake ID and credit cards, say police.

James MacNeil, 36, of Red Deer, Karmeryne Boyd, 19, of Red Deer, and Brendyn Beaulieu, 28, of Edmonton, will appear in Ponoka provincial court Oct. 25.

They are charged with fraudulenty obtaining lodging and forging or falsifying a credit card, as well as other offences.

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