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Two face federal charges for liquor store fraud at multiple Virginia shops including Zion Crossroads

Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 4:45 am

Two men allegedly used stolen and altered credit cards to buy alcohol at this Zion Crossroads liquor store last June.

Two men charged with using fraudulent credit cards to buy liquor at the Zion Crossroads ABC store made similar purchases at multiple Virginia shops, according to federal prosecutors.

Justin Lewis, 24, of Colonial Heights, and Justin Tollen, 23, of Far Rockaway, New York were accused in a Feb. 14 indictment filed in Newport News Federal Court of altering credit cards’ magnetic strips and card data in order to commit fraud and identity theft.

The alleged thefts occurred in June 2017, with three documented events on June 7 at the Zion Crossroads store and at ABC outlets in Orange and Charlottesville. Other incidents occurred at ABC shops in the Newport News area.

Lewis and Tollen were charged in Louisa Circuit Court with conspiracy to commit credit fraud, forgery and theft and obtaining money by using false identities. Local prosecutors dropped the charges on Tuesday after learning of the federal indictment, which alleges conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement investigated the Louisa, Orange and Charlottesville cases, which involved $3,287 in purchases, Rebecca Gettings, ABC spokeswoman, said. The indictment alleges that Lewis and Tollen resold the alcohol to obtain money.

(This is a partial story. Read full article on page A-6 of the Feb. 22, 2018 issue of The Central Virginian)