2 women arrested in credit card cash advance scam – CBS Denver

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4)– Two women have been arrested in a credit card cash advance scam in Eagle County and Summit County.

Vanessa Ravare and Cynthia Johnson were arrested and charged with identity theft, forgery, criminal impersonation, unauthorized use of a financial transaction device and theft, as well as charges of violation of Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act in a racketeering conspiracy.

Ravare, also known as Sandra Seawell, and Johnson, also known as Jacquelyn Murray, both face up to 48 years in prison for organized crime violations.

“The effects of fraud are widespread, undermining our confidence in banks and increasing costs for everyone,” Assistant District Attorney Heidi McCollum said in a statement. “Diligent coordination among law enforcement in this complex, multi-county investigation, with skill and persistence, led to these two arrests. We continue to search for other suspects at large.

Police arrested Johnson Oct. 14 in Frisco after she failed to secure a nearly $5,000 cash advance from Alpine Bank with a credit card under a false name. When the transaction couldn’t be completed, Johnson claimed it was because the credit card company was unaware of his travel plans.

Johnson then asked the cashier to call the number on the back of the credit card, which was answered by an accomplice posing as a Capital One customer service representative.

Ravare was arrested on October 21 in Silverthorne attempting to carry out the same scam.

The suspects are scheduled to appear in Summit County Court on November 3.

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