Man arrested for credit card fraud not linked to Target data breach, police say

GEORGETOWN, Texas — Police have arrested a man they thought could be connected to the national Target data breach last year, according to KVUE.

But police have backtracked on these claims.

According to an arrest affidavit, police originally believed 40-year-old Guo Xing Chen may have been involved in the $70 million Target credit breach in December 2013.

However, in a press release late Wednesday night, Georgetown police said there is no indication he is connected to the larger breach and they don’t believe he was responsible.

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

The affidavit said 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.


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