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Report: Man Charged with Credit Card Abuse in TX, Possibly Linked to Target Credit Breach

Updated: 05/07/2014 11:41 PM
Created: 05/07/2014 10:09 PM KSTP.com

Police have arrested and charged a man for using a stolen credit or debit card at a Target store, according to ABC affiliate KVUE in Austin, Texas.

According to an arrest affidavit, police originally believed 40-year-old Guo Xing Chen may have been involved in the Target credit breach in December 2013 that impacted 70 million people. However, in a press release late Wednesday night, Georgetown, Texas police said there is no indication he is connected to the larger breach and they don't believe he was responsible.

Police say on Dec. 12, Chen and another unidentified man used a stolen credit or debit card to purchase several gift cards at two Target stores in Central Texas. Police also believe Chen used the stolen cards the previous day at another Target store in Texas.

An internal "Be On The Lookout" alert had been issued within Central Texas Target stores.

The affidavit says Chen had an outstanding felony warrant for credit or debit card abuse from the State of Arkansas.

Chen was charged with fraudulent use or possession of identifying information and credit or debit card abuse.

Photo: ABC Affiliate/ KVUE

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