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Man charged with fraud, theft from credit union

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A Birmingham man is suspected stealing over $100,000 from Redstone Federal Credit Union.

According to WAAY 31, Huntsville police have charged Allen Devon Rutledge, 31, faces charges of trafficking stolen identities, criminal tampering, encoded data fraud, marijuana possession and attempting to elude a police officer. Huntsville PD was able to apprehend Rutledge after a three-month investigation while attempting to steal money at an ATM.

So far, 149 Redstone Federal Credit Union members have reported fraudulent withdrawals from their accounts. Investigators believe Rutledge stole information from over 100 Redstone Federal Credit Union members to produce falsified credit cards within 42 days.

According to police, almost 100 fraudulent cards were found in his possession either on his person or in his vehicle. Investigators suspect he traveled to Huntsville to commit the crimes.

Sgt. Joe Kennington is with the Huntsville Police Department Financial Crimes Unit, He told WAAY 31 the best way to make sure your account is secure is to watch over your balence.

“The only thing you can really do is keep a close eye on your personal information, keep an eye on your credit," Kennington said. "If you get an unusual credit on your account, notify the bank. And you need to report it; that way, we can investigate it."

Redstone Federal Credit Union released a statement saying they were aware of the arrest by Huntsville police due to fraudulent credit card. The statement assured customers the credit union is working with law enforcement to help identify Redstone members who may have been victimized.

Police say they are working with federal authorities on additional charges.

Monica Nakashima is a news intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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