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Credit card fraud
brings fast cash
WASHINGTON (AP) - A
professional criminal, disguised with a
black hood and cape, told a House sub-
committee yesterday that he went from
"hot dogs to caviar" by using stolen
credit cards to charge up to $5,000 a
The man, referred to only as Mr. Wit-
ness, with his voice disguised by a syn-
thesizer, said credit card fraud was a
"large business," complete with
schools to educate the street people who
actuallly go out and charge merchan-
dise with the stolen cards.
"WITH THAT, you have to have
organization, you have to have rules,"
he said. "It's like being a Wall Street
The witness said that up to $10,000 a
day could be billed fraudulently to a
single account simply by keeping the
purchases at the individual stores
below the amount at which
authorization is required. Sometimes,
he said, several people would use a
stolen credit card during one day.
By making small purchases, he said,
he had charged up to $5,000 ina day.
"IF YOU'RE going to milk a card,
you don't take anything over $50," he
said, adding a stolen card could
sometimes be used for 30 days if it was
acquired at the beginning of the month.
Under federal law, a consumer is
liable for $50 after a credit card is
For him, the man said, dealing in
stolen credit cards was full-time work.
"I never had too many jobs other than
working credit cards," he said. "I
made a very good living."
THE WITNESS did not say
specifically how much he earned with
credit card fraud.
The man, who was arrested 20 to 25
times and has since become a police in-
formant, had asked to testify in
disguise because he feared for his life,
according to Annunzio.
Security was tight in the hearing
room. Observers had to pass through a
metal detector before they were admit-
ted, and plainclothes and uniformed
law enforcement officials stood guard
while the witness testified.
THE PENALTY for betraying a
fraudulent credit card operation is
death, the man said.
Anti-war group stages
protest in Jerusalem
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - The anti-
war movement started by troops
coming home from the battlefields of
Lebanon has been joined by the
mothers, fathers and wives of some of
Dozens of "Parents Against Silence"
demonstrated outside Prime Minister
Menachem Begin's Jerusalem office
Sunday. Yesterday, soldiers' wives and
mothers kept vigil in Israel's main
cities under banners saying, "If we
don't cry out today we'll weep
The Israel-Lebanon troop withdrawal
agreement signed last Tuesday has not
closed the divide that opened up in
Israeli Society since Israel invaded
Lebanon last June 6.
After nearly a year of emotional
debate and sometimes violent protests,
an estimated 25,000 soldiers remain in
Lebanon and the government says they,
won't come home until the Syrian army
Members of "Parents Against Silen-
ce" say their group is not part of any
other anti-war organization or linked to
the opposition parties. They say the
group is so loose they don't know how
many are in it, but more than 500 turned
up for their inaugural meeting last
The SOS Community Crisis Center in Ypsilanti begins interviews today
for volunteers to staff its 24-hour crisis phone and walk-in counseling ser-
vice. People interested in becoming volunteers can call 485-3222.
Interfaith Council for Peace - Peace through Justice week, Leaving Home Blues,
Martin Luther King, Jr.: From Montgomery to Memphis, 7:30 p.m., First
United Methodist Church, corner of State and Huron.
Reproductive Endocrinology Program/Population Studies Center-Jane
Menken, "Age & Fecundity: How Late can You Delay Childbearing?" 4
p.m., REP Commons, 11th floor, 300 N. Ingalls Bldg.
Dentistry - Lawrence Crane, "Clinical & Laboratory Studies on the Treat-
ment of Herpes Virus Infections," 4 p.m., 1033 Kellogg.
Baptist Student Union-Fellowship & Bible study, 7 p.m., Rm. B, League.
Racquetball-Practice, 6-8 p.m., Cts. 10 & 11. CCRB.
Society of Christian Engineers-Brown bag meeting, noon, 315 W. Engin.
His House Christian Fellowship-Fellowship & Bible study, 7:30 p.m., 925
Ann Arbor Go Club-7-11 p.m., 1433 Mason.
Program in Judaic Studies-Conference on the Teaching of Hebrew
Language and Literature, 8:30 a.m., Lab A, MLB.
CEW-Job Hunt Club-12-1:30 p.m., 350 S. Thayer St.
Aikido-Practice, 5p.m., Wrestling Rm., Athletic Bldg.
Student Wood & Cafts Shop-Introduction to Woodworking, 7-10 p.m., 537
Museum of Art-Art Break, Barb Hamel, "Moving from Baroque," 18th
century portraiture, 12:10 p.m.,N. Gallery.
Plant Operations, Ground Dept-House plant help seminar, Karen Lamb,
5:30-7 p.m., Model Conf. Rm.
AAFC-Dead End, 7:30 p.m., The Big Sleep, 9:15 p.m., Lorch.
Cinema II-La Strada, 7:30 p.m., Beauty and the Beast, 9:30 p.m., Angell
CFT - A Raisin in the Sun, 7:15 p.m.; A Hero Ain't Nothing Buta Sandwich
9:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Psychiatry - Dixon Doll, "A Practical Guide to Implementing Com-
puterized Information Systems," 10:30-noon, Children's Psychiatric Hospital Aud.
Editors' Forum-Edwin Fredrickson, "Mass Media & Massive Changes in
Communications Technology," 7 p.m., Sheraton Inn, 1-94 and State.
Chemistry-Organic seminar, Amparo Lago, "New View Into the Wittig
Reaction & the SCOOPY Reaction," 4 p.m., 1300 Chem.
Nurses' Christian Fellowship - 4-5:30 p.m., 2703 Firstenberg.
Academic Alcoholics-1:30 p.m., Alano Club.
Michigan Gay Undergraduates-9 p.m., Guild House, 802 Monroe.
Science Fiction Club-"Stilyagi Air Corps," 8:15 p.m., ground floor con-
ference room, Union.
Tae Kwon Do Club - Practice, 6-8 p.m., behind IM Bldg. (if raining, CCRB
Bell Pool Mezzanine).
Michigan Map Society-slide illustrated talk, Kenneth Nebanzahl, "Map-
ping the Wild West, Filling in the Blanks 1540 to 1840," 8 p.m., Clements
WCBN-Radio Free Lawyer, 6 p.m., 88.3 FM.
Interfaith Council for Peace - Peace through Justice Week, presentation.
on how and why a congregation becomes socially involved, 7 p.m., St. An-
drew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division.
Museum of Art-Art Break, Prue Rosenthal, "The Illness and Cure of
Hezehish (Berthollet Flemalle)," 12:10 p.m., N. Gallery.
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Tuesday, May 24, 1983
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