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Police: Trio may be responsible for $150K in credit card fraud

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Khailee Soong, Mengzhao Tu, Xiaoling Cao. Washington County Jail booking photos Khailee Soong, Mengzhao Tu, Xiaoling Cao. Washington County Jail booking photos
TIGARD, OR (KPTV) -

Three people from California are now in the Washington County Jail, and investigators believe they may be responsible for $150,000 in credit card fraud.

Tigard police were called out to Washington Square Mall on Monday by a loss prevention officer at a store in the mall. It was reported to police that several people were using fraudulent credit cards to make purchases.

The next day, police followed up with several other businesses in the mall. Based upon the additional information, investigators were able to identify a vehicle believed to be used by the suspects.

That vehicle was then found parked in a lot at the Holiday Inn Express on Northwest Vaughn Street in Portland.

Police said the three suspects were attempting to check out of the hotel when they were arrested. They have been identified as Xiaoling Cao, 29, of Monterey, CA; Khailee Soong, 24, of Monterey Park, CA; and Mengzhao Tu, 20, of Rosemead, CA.

A search warrant was obtained and investigators reportedly seized numerous counterfeit credit cards.

After talking with potential victimized businesses in this case, police believe the three suspects may be responsible for as much as $150,000 in fraudulent credit card purchases in Oregon and Washington within just the last two months.

In Tigard alone, more than $8,000 in fraudulent purchases were identified on Sunday and Monday.

Investigators said they expect those totals to increase once retail records are fully checked.

Each suspect is charged with first-degree aggravated theft and aggravated identity theft. Bail is set at $25,000 for each person.

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