OAKHURST – Cutter James Randrup, 26, of Coarsegold was taken into custody after deputies caught him with a stack of phony Green Dot MoneyPak cards at a motel in Oakhurst.
Green Dot MoneyPak cards are reloadable debit cards, available everywhere, and are generally used by people who don’t have, or want, a bank account.
According to reports, motel personnel became suspicious after Randrup used two credit cards to pay for two separate rooms – one for $66 on Feb. 25 and another room for $188 on Feb. 26.
Even though both cards showed pre-approval when swiped, motel personnel called the establishment’s credit merchant who advised neither card was any good.
Randrup was still in his room when deputies arrived. They reportedly seized nearly 20 prepaid debit cards, all bearing his name.
Randrup, according to the Sheriff’s Office, is unemployed and is known to them to be a meth user. He was out on felony bail at the time deputies took him into custody.
He remains jailed at this hour with bail set at $80,000. He was booked for commercial burglary, credit card fraud and committing a felony while out on bail.
The case remains under investigation.