Three men were discovered entering Guam with 118 counterfeit credit cards that they intended to use to purchase luxury items for a secret Chinese organization.
Guam – Ziwen Weng and Yukai Lu were arrested on Thursday after counterfeit credit cards were discovered in their suitcases. According to court documents, the two men’s luggage were searched by the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency officers who noted that they found 118 Visa credit cards wrapped in foil and hidden within the suitcases in a cigarette box, shoes and clothing.
During an interview with Homeland Security Investigation agents, Weng told authorities that he had posted an online advertisement searching for work. An individual later identified as Daquin Liu, replied and hired him and Lu to travel to Guam from Los Angelos, California to “go shopping.” The complaint states that Weng was promised $10,000 for what was supposed to be a week long shopping trip in Guam.
The complaint stated that Weng and Lu met with Liu while in California and was given 59 credit cards each. The bogus credit cards had their names on them and according to authorities they were instructed to sign the back of the cards and hide them in their luggage.
Liu who was also captured on Guam, was found at the Bayview Hotel. He told authorities that he received the cards from an associate of the main organizer, a man only known as “Ace.” According to court documents Liu stated that “Ace” and the organization he works for is “highly secretive and organized.”
Court documents also state that Liu admitted this was not the first time, in fact authorities say he admitted to making three previous trips to Guam from California where he escorted and drove other Chinese men to go shopping at the duty free shop. Liu told authorities that he would be compensated for the costs to book travel, hotel and rental cars for the shoppers as well as paid several thousands of dollars. He further admitted to spending thousands of dollars worth of merchandise that was shipped to Macau, Hong Kong and various addresses in the U.S.
An analysis of the some of the fraudulent credit cards as done by the U.S. Secret Service, a system check revealed that the bank decals shown on the front of the cards do not match the Visa assigned bank identification numbers and also lacked security features. Court documents state that one of the counterfeit cards was active and belonged to an American Express card holder from Japan.
The three men appeared before District Court Judge Joaquin Manibusan on Friday and were assigned legal counsel. A motion was filed requesting that the court consider transferring the case to California so that the defendants could be closer to their families.
The three men have been charged with possession of fifteen or more counterfeit or unauthorized access devices and have been remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.