MACOMB TOWNSHIP, MI – In December 2017, a Macomb Township resident reported to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office that her credit card information had been used fraudulently. The victim had been alerted of this by her bank. Several fraudulent transactions had been made throughout Macomb County including Roseville, Warren, and Sterling Heights.
Detectives made contact with the establishments where the information was used and were provided with a man’s name; Brandon Hedwood, 22-years-old, of Warren.
It was discovered that the victim’s credit card information was linked to a card bearing Hedwood’s name. Detectives conducted surveillance on Hedwood and found him to be living in Clinton Township. A vehicle believed to be used in the fraudulent transactions was located at the residence.
A search warrant was obtained and conducted at the residence. Detectives located and seized tools to manufacture credit cards along with programmed cards bearing no name, but that had been used recently. Marijuana, packaging items, and measuring scales were also located.
Paperwork was submitted to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and four counts of Financial Transaction Device – Forgery, Alteration or Counterfeiting (4 year felony), four counts of Financial Transaction Device – Illegal Use (4 year felony), and one count of Controlled Substance – Delivery/Manufacture
Marijuana/Synthetic Equivalents (4 year felony) were authorized.
“Identity Theft and Credit Fraud are crimes that happen daily. People can become victims without even knowing where or when they were targeted. You can protect yourself from being a victim by monitoring your bank statements, credit report, and credit score. Make sure to keep credit card numbers and pin numbers private; do not share personal information. Shred sensitive documents and be aware of online phishing scams. There are also several companies that offer identity protection services.” – Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.
Hedwood was arraigned on 1/19/18 in the 41-A District Court of Shelby Township. Hedwood was given a $10,000 bond and is due back in court on 02/01/18 at 1:30pm for a probable cause conference.