MCSO arrests 2 suspects in credit card scheme; thousands at riskPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Two people are accused of fraudulently using the credit card information of patients of Scottsdale Dermatology and its offices around the Valley.
Winfred Aurelious Dick Jr., 25, and Brittney Davidson, 24, both of Phoenix, were arrested and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on multiple counts of aggravated identity theft, computer tampering, fraudulent use of a credit card and fraud schemes
"If I could go back, I would take it all back," Davidson told 3TV during a tearful jailhouse interview. "I feel so bad for the people I've taken from, not only did I ruin their lives, I ruined my own life in the process."
Davidson admitted she used up to 13 credit cards that were not her own.
"It took no work at all. It was seconds," she said of the crime.
Investigators said the fraudulent charges were used to purchase items including tires, rims, even pizza.
"It wasn't to buy myself some Louis Vuitton bag, it was to buy food," Davidson said.
However, investigators said she also used stolen information to pay her boyfriend's traffic fine in Glendale City Court. The victim happened to be a Maricopa County sheriff's captain, who noticed the erroneous charge and cracked the case wide open.
"I'll give (the) kudos to my wife," Capt. Dave Letourneau said. "She called me that morning, actually asked if I got a speeding ticket in the city of Glendale. When I assured her I had not, that's when I started digging and looking into it."
Detectives determined that Davidson was stealing credit card information at her place of employment, a medical billing firm, All Source Medical Management, which services the Scottsdale Dermatology clinic.
Detectives served a search warrant on the home where both suspects live and said they found evidence linking them to the MCSO captain's theft. They reportedly found methamphetamine wrapped up in court paperwork inside Dick's vehicle.
Detectives arrested both suspects.
Davidson later admitted to stealing and using addresses and credit card numbers from patients of Scottsdale Dermatology and their associated offices elsewhere in the Valley, according to MCSO officials.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio said at least four victims have been identified so far, but there could be as many as 46,000 identities at risk.
"I feel like the worst person in the world because this is everything I was against," Davidson said. "It doesn't matter how desperate you are, wrong is wrong, and you shouldn't do it because now I'm paying the ultimate price. I feel like the biggest loser for the rest of my life for harm I caused to people I don't know."
Dick is being held on a $5,000 bond and Davidson is being held on a $3,500 bond.
Neither the medical billing firm involved nor Scottsdale Dermatology has responded to 3TV's request for comment.
If you are a patient of the clinic and have received a fraudulent charge since Jan. 1, call the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at 602-876-1011.