A Lexington grand jury indicted Kokou Kuakumensah on charges of credit card fraud this week. He's accused of being part of a fraud ring that spanned several states, facing charges of credit card fraud in Baltimore, MD, Florence, SC, and now in Lexington.
In October of last year, Kuakumensah was one of several people arrested in Florence, SC after police there say he used a fraudulent credit card to try and buy cigarettes and gift cards at a gas station. Police say he is creating fake credit cards buy buying stolen credit card information online, then encoding that information onto blank gift cards. They say he then modifies those gift cards to make them look like credit cards in his own name.
Kuakumensah bonded out of jail in South Carolina and is now in trouble here in Kentucky after police say he used one of those cards at some stores in Lexington. Police say Kuakumensah's trail of credit card fraud ended at the Holiday Inn Express on Export Street. Workers say he booked a room here using Travelocity. Lexington Police arrested him in that very room. According to Kuakumensah's arrest report, he was wearing an ankle monitor, which gave his location to investigators. When they arrested him, police say he had 18 of the counterfeit cards.
Kuakumensah now sits behind bars at the Fayette County Detention Center on 21 charges including fraudulent use of a credit card, trafficking financial information, and possession of a forged instrument. Now, police tell us, federal agencies may be investigating.
Lexington Police couldn't speak to us on camera because federal officials are now involved. Police in South Carolina say the US Secret Service is handling the case there.