A California man who’s been caught making fake credit cards all across the county has turned up in South Dakota, accused of doing the very same thing, more than once.
An alert credit card holder led police to arrest a California man who was staying in a Sioux Falls hotel.
Son Van Ho is no stranger to the law. In fact, as we investigated his past, we found out he has a long criminal history involving credit card fraud.
In January of 2018, Son Van Ho checked into the Aerostay Hotel next to the Sioux Falls airport.
The next day a Wyoming woman noticed an unusual charge on her credit card for the hotel so she called the front desk.
“They look it up and they’re like, ‘Well it looks like you’re still checked in.’ And I’m like, ‘That’s not possible. I’m in Rock Springs, Wyoming,'” Elizabeth Stott said.
The hotel told Stott that Son Van Ho had used a physical card that had her number on it, with his name.
“Typically a hotel would be kind of suspicious if you said you had this card number, where he handed them an actual card, they didn’t consider it fraudulent,” Stott said.
But once Stott alerted the hotel, they called police.
“The police department showed up to the hotel and they at first knocked on his door and he wasn’t there and they just waited for him. And then he went to go to the hotel and saw police were there and went running and that led to a street chase to go get him,” Stott said.
Son Van Ho faces felony identity theft charges in Minnehaha County.
More recently he’s also accused of stealing credit card numbers and ID theft in Lincoln County, along with meth charges.
Police say an Illinois woman reported her credit card had been fraudulently used in the middle of January at a hotel in southwest Sioux Falls.
When Son Van Ho checked in with her card later in the month, a hotel employee recognized him and alerted police.
“The big question that we don’t know is where he was able to get those credit card numbers. We’ve known in the past that sometimes they’ve skimmed it themselves; sometimes they’ve bought off the Internet from other persons or the dark web. There are a number of different possibilities.” Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Department said
In addition to the state charges, Son Van Ho is also facing new federal charges. He’s accused of making 15 counterfeit credit cards in South Dakota.
But Son Van Ho’s criminal history goes back a lot further than that.
In 2014, he was accused of stealing people’s identities and making fake credit cards in Utah.
Later that same year, a Texas trooper stopped him for speeding and a search of his car found all the materials to make fake credit cards along with a notebook of credit card numbers. A federal judge sentenced him to 15 months in federal prison.
Son Van Ho is currently out of custody. His next court appearance is in Lincoln County next week.