Cops: Man nabbed in credit card fraud at Disney resorts

Man says he was 'sick of running' since 1990s

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Orange County deputies arrested a man who they say confessed to committing credit card fraud since the 1990s, totaling more than $18,000.

Officers initially spoke to Jeffery Hawkins at Disney's Coronado Springs on Saturday regarding trespassing, but Hawkins began speaking about credit card fraud that the officers were not aware of. Detectives spoke with Disney Security Investigator Will Sims, who said he had filed a report on referencing Hawkins 26 separate incidents of credit card fraud, totaling over $18,000.

Hawkins admitted to officers that he was capable of memorizing credit card numbers and expiration dates he would hear or see, and he would then use the numbers to travel the country. Hawkins said he was homeless and jobless. Hawkins told officers he confessed because he was sick of running.

Hawkins was staying at Disney's Coronado Springs resort when officers spoke to him, and he said that it was easy to commit fraud at Disney and he had been there a lot, according to the police report. Hawkins told the officers that he would call a Disney resort and use a stolen credit card number to reserve a room, then would check-in with the confirmation number and they would give him keys to a hotel room.

Officers found over 100 stolen credit card numbers upon searching Hawkin's hotel room, which he admitted were not his own and he had stolen, as well as numerous credit card authorization forms, receipts from hotels, business cards and hotel room keys.

Hawkins is being charged with trafficking in stolen credit card numbers, credit card fraud, false statement as to financial condition or identity and defrauding an innkeeper, according to the police report.

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