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Affidavit Shows Suspect in Target's $70M Data Breach Arrested

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Texas police believe they have in custody a man partially responsible for Target's $70-million credit data breach.

According to court documents, Guo Xing Chen, 40, used a fraudulent credit card to buy gift cards from a Target in Georgetown, Texas on Dec. 12. An employee verifying the credit information after the transaction went through noticed the card was fraudulent. After looking into the situation, the employee learned that a Target in Temple and another in Round Rock had been victimized in a similar way in the past day.

Chen's vehicle was tracked down to a nearby Starbucks where he was arrested. According to the affidavit, Chen had an outstanding felony warrant out of Arkansas for credit/debit card abuse.

An employee at a nearby Firehouse Subs reported to police that Chen and another man were acting suspiciously and left several credit cards in the bathroom when they left, according to court documents.

Chen is currently charged with fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, a second-degree felony, and credit or debit card abuse, a state jail felony.

The investigation continues, but according to court documents, Target investigators believe Chen is part of the $70-million data breach. His connection to the wide data breach and whether others will be charged was not clear.



 

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