Police say man fraudulently used credit cards to spend $56K

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--Bethlehem police say a man fraudulently used credit card numbers to purchase more than $56,000 that he used to pay his rent, buy a car and electronic items.

Hector X. Medina Rivera, 30, of the 700 block of Jackson Street, was charged Thursday with 255 criminal charges that include identity theft, fraudulent insurance claims, unauthorized use of credit cards and theft of services. He was sent to Northampton County Jail under $100,000 bail.

Police say the thefts were discovered in 2017 when Rivera used a fraudulent credit card to buy pizza.

According to Northampton County Court records:

On , Bethlehem police were called to the Pizza Hut in the 1300 block of Easton Avenue. Employees told police that several orders placed to Rivera's home were linked to fraudulent credit cards.

On , police served a search warrant at Rivera's home where they seized a computer and a small amount of marijuana.

An analysis of the computer showed that a man using the name of "Hector" was able to access credit card information linked to an insurance company.

Police did not detail how Rivera allegedly accessed the information, but said he used fraudulent e-mail addresses to access customers' credit card information without being detected.

Authorities say the total loss of revenue to the insurance company due to the fraudulent claims was more than $56,000.

Rivera used the fraudulent credit cards to pay his rent and buy a car, police say.

pamela.lehman@mcall.com

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