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Felony Financial Crimes Arrest

Case #14-2088 and 14-1540


April 15, 2014

On April 11, 2014, Shirley Cameron, 47-years old of the 200 block of North Keeler in Chicago, was arrested by River Forest Police Detectives on the 4200 block of West Maypole in Chicago during a traffic stop. Detectives had identified Cameron as the offender who unlawfully used the credit card account of a downstate identity theft victim, who told RFPD that someone unknown had used her credit card account in River Forest and in various other locations around suburban Cook County. The victim reported that her credit card was still in her possession and had never physically been lost or stolen.

Detectives collected various pieces of evidence and video surveillance of the previously unknown offender using the victim’s credit account at various locations in Chicago and River Forest. They ultimately identified the unknown offender as Shirley Cameron after speaking with several store clerks. The investigation also revealed that Cameron was in possession of other re-encoded credit cards and a fake Indiana driver’s license.

Essentially, detectives learned that Cameron regularly bought collections of re-encoded credit cards on the streets of Chicago’s west side for a bulk rate and then used the re-encoded cards until they no longer worked. Among those cards was the account of the victim in this case. The other re-encoded cards that were recovered in this case were confiscated and the banks associated with the credit accounts were all notified by RFPD detectives so their respective customers could be notified. The source of the re-encoded cards has not been identified at this time but the investigation is ongoing with the assistance of federal agencies.

On April 12, 2014, a representative of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office approved Class 3 Felony Use of Forged Credit Card and Class 4 Felony Possession of a Fraudulent Identification Card charges against Cameron on RFPD Case #14-2088. Cameron was also charged with an additional count of Class 3 Felony Use of Forged Credit Card in RFPD Case #14-1540.

RFPD detectives alerted and assisted neighboring Oak Park PD detectives about Cameron’s activities at stores in Oak Park. They subsequently sought and were also granted felony charges against Cameron by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The public is reminded that a signed complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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