Gilbert couple arrested for making fake gift cards

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GILBERT, Ariz. -- A Gilbert couple are accused of producing and using fake gift cards.

In March, the Gilbert Police Department began investigating Christina L. Smith, 37, and her live-in boyfriend, Solomon Williams, for conducting a fraudulent gift card production operation.

Investigators determined that Smith was making fake gift cards and using them at various Macy's stores in Maricopa County. Transactions reportedly dated back to December 2006.

The investigation revealed the pair had credit card-making materials, tools, and electronic devices. After serving a search warrant at their home, investigators reportedly discovered an embossing machine, credit card magnetic strip stock, rolls of security labels, actual blank credit card stock, and computer hardware to write to the magnetic strips.

According to Gilbert police Sgt. Mark Marino, the couple was selling the gift cards and merchandise online.

Victims have been discovered in numerous states along with Macy's, Home Depot and several U.S. banks. Initial losses are at $15,000, but Marino said the investigation is expected to reveal additional victims and losses.

Macy's Loss Prevention was an integral part of the investigation, according to Marino.

Smith and Williams were arrested Wednesday and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on multiple charges, including forgery, theft and fraud.