RALEIGH — A man and a woman, both from Houston, were arrested Thursday with what police charge were 80 plastic cards they were going to turn into counterfeit “financial transaction cards.”
Police also charged in arrest warrants that Manuel Cisneros-Castillo, 43, and Odette Sanchez Gill, 30, had partly completed a Discover card by writing account data to the magnetic stripe on the back and embossing half of the 16 digits of an account number onto the front.
They also said the two had machinery for creating forced cards in a room at the Microtel motel at 1209 Plainview Road.
Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said authorities had received information about a suspicious package that was delivered to the motel. An investigation led to the arrests at midday Thursday.
Gill was charged with forgery and forgery of a financial transaction card. Her bond was set at $20,000 and she also was held on a detainer request from federal Immigrations and Custom Enforcement officials, who said she is a Cuban native. The request indicates that officials want to determine if she is in the U.S. legally.
Cisneros-Castillo also was charged with forgery and forgery of a financial transaction card and held on a $20,000 bond.
Both gave police apartments in Houston as their addresses.