Green Township couple charged in credit card scam that funded heroin habit

GREEN TWP., Ohio -- A husband and wife are accused of using stolen credit information to support their heroin habit.

Green Township police say Skyler Mueller, 21, and his wife, 22-year-old Miranda Mueller were arrested Wednesday and charged with various crimes including identity fraud.

After his arrest Wednesday afternoon, Skyler Mueller told investigators how he went about acquiring the credit card information, according to the incident report.

“Mueller stated that he would obtain the credit card numbers while he was work (name of business not included). He would write the card number down with the expiration date and security number and then give that information to his wife,” the report reads.

Police say Skyler Mueller took that information to the Dollar General store on Harrison Avenue where his wife worked. She would then manually enter the stolen info into a cash register in order to buy various gift cards that the couple would sell on the street for cash.

Skyler Mueller sold the cards, which ranged in price from $25 to $300, at a marked down price and then use at least some of that money to purchase heroin, according to Green Township police.

It’s not unclear exactly how much money was stolen.

While the number of people who may be affected hasn't been determined, Green Township police said it would have been much higher if not for the security team at the Dollar General.

“(The store’s) security personnel observed that there was something out of the ordinary with someone manually punching in credit card numbers,” said Lt. Jim Vetter. “That caught their attention.”

“Because of the diligence of the store security, we’re optimistic that they caught this early enough that it didn’t get too far out of hand,” he said.

Skyler Mueller worked at L.A. Express Carwash on Harrison Avenue until he was arrested and taken to Hamilton County Justice Center.

Investigators are trying to confirm if the stolen credit cards came from that business or somewhere else.

“We’re still verifying where he got all the credit card numbers,” Vetter said.

Police found drug paraphernalia on Skyler Mueller when he was arrested. They also found 8.92 grams of heroin and gift cards that hadn’t been activated while searching his car.

Skyler Mueller faces felony counts of identity fraud and drug possession, as well as complicity. 

Miranda Mueller is charged with felony identity fraud.

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