Convicted felon accused of credit card fraud

More than 100 counterfeit credit cards found in Claude Etienne's home


MIAMI – A Miami man was arrested Wednesday on credit card fraud charges after police found more than 100 counterfeit credit cards inside his home, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, members of the Miami-Dade Police Department's warrants bureau and U.S. marshals went to the home of Claude Etienne, 28, to serve a federal warrant.

Detectives said Etienne signed the consent-to-search form, then changed his mind and scratched out his signature.

During the search, investigators said they found more than 100 counterfeit credit cards, a manual credit card embossing machine and other credit card paraphernalia.

Police said they also found a firearm inside the home. A records check revealed that Etienne had been convicted of a felony for armed burglary and grand theft in November 2005.

He was arrested and taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

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