Man arrested for illegally using woman's credit card information

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published January 23, 2018



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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A man was recently arrested and charged with forgery and illegal use of a credit card after a Macomb Township woman reported her credit card had been used fraudulently.


The Macomb County Sheriff's Office heard from the unnamed Macomb Township woman in December about the misuse of her credit card and that she had been notified by her bank. Several fraudulent transactions had been made throughout Macomb County, including Warren, Sterling Heights and Roseville.


Detectives made contact with several establishments and found out a credit card had allegedly been used by Brandon Hedwood. According to police, Hedwood, 22, had linked the victim's credit card information to a card bearing his name.


The Sheriff's Office conducted surveillance of Hedwood's residence in Clinton Township and a vehicle alleged to be involved in the fraudulent transactions. A search warrant was obtained and police seized tools to manufacture credit cards and programmed cards bearing no name.


Marijuana, packaging items and measuring scales were also reportedly located at Hedwood's residence during the search warrant.


Hedwood was brought up on four counts of using a financial transaction device for forgery, alteration or counterfeiting, four counts of illegal use of a financial transaction device and one count of manufacturing and delivering marijuana. All three charges carry a maximum sentence of four years.


Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham advised people to track their credit score and bank statements and to utilize identity protection services if needed.


"Identity theft and credit fraud are crimes that happen daily," Wickersham said in a statement. "People can become victims without even knowing where or when they were targeted. Make sure to keep credit card numbers and pin numbers private; do not share personal information. Shred sensitive documents and be aware of online phishing scams."


Hedwood was arraigned Jan. 19 at the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township and given a $10,000 bond. He is due back in court for a probable cause hearing at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1.


A court-appointed attorney had not yet been assigned to Hedwood as of Jan. 23.


Call Staff Writer Joshua Gordon at (586) 498-1043.