4 men accused of trying to pay bar tab with fraudulent credit cards at Fontainebleau

Suspects visting South Florida from Maryland

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

From left: Kevin Asare, 24, Juan Alvarez, 25, Christian Diaz, 28, and Sampson Gyebi, 22.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Four men were arrested Tuesday after they racked up a bar tab at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach and tried to pay with fraudulent credit cards, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, the suspects, who were from Maryland, were at the hotel bar, ordering drinks, when they tried to pay the waitress with several fraudulent credit cards that were declined.

Police said one of the men told the waitress to try one card and to use the other one if it didn't work.

The waitress swiped one card and noticed that the last four digits on the card did not match what was printed on the receipt.

The waitress contacted the hotel's general manager, who notified the hotel's security director.

Police said the security director escorted the suspects to the hotel's VIP room, and security staff confiscated multiple fraudulent credit cards from the men.

According to the report, one of the men, Kevin Asare, 24, was sliding his hands under the sofa, so a security officer secured him for their safety.

Authorities said Asare gave the security officers permission to search him, and they found two Capital One credit cards bearing the name Thomas Jensen. An Illinois ID card was also confiscated that beared the same name.

Police said Asare identified himself as Jensen, but his U.S. passport revealed his true identity.

Security guards swiped the credit cards and discovered that the credit card number on the computer did not match the number on the physical credit card, the report said.

A record query also revealed that the ID card was invalid.

The other suspects were identified as Juan Alvarez, 25, Christian Diaz, 28, and Sampson Gyebi, 22.

Police said Diaz told officers that he is employed as an information technology tech and used a card reader/encoder to encode credit cards.

Authorities said he confessed to making several fraudulent credit cards but claimed that he never used them.

The suspects face various charges, including forgery of a credit card, identity fraud and possession of a fictitious driver's license.

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