Man Arrested for Credit Card Fraud After Buying Car

Man commits credit card fraud by using someone else's information to buy a car in Sebastian, Florida.
Man commits credit card fraud by using someone else's information to buy a car in Sebastian, Florida.

SEBASTIAN – A man was arrested for credit card fraud after using someone else’s American Express card to buy a car and stay at the Pennwood Motor Lodge in Sebastian.

Coincidentally, the man’s name is Matthew Joseph Card, who is being held on $7,500 bond at the Indian River County Jail.

On Wednesday at approximately 4:15 p.m., deputies were dispatched to Pennwood Motor Lodge at 9295 U.S. Highway 1 in Sebastian after the manager became suspicious about Mathew Card. The manager told deputies that Mathew Card used a credit card over the phone to pay for a one-week stay. However, the card was declined. Mathew Card then provided an American Express card, stating it was his father’s and he was authorized to use it.

After settling the money he owed, Mathew Card, 20, left and returned in a new vehicle. Not long after, the manager at Pennwood received a call from a woman asking why she was being charged for a room she never stayed in. Also, the woman said there were other charges, including a car and a Geico insurance payment. The manager took down all the information and contacted the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrived and spoke with Mathew Card. The 20-year-old denied ever using someone else’s credit card information to rent a room or buy a car in Sebastian.

Card was transported to the Indian River County Jail and charged with Felony Fraudulent Use of Credit Card Over $100.

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.