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Two North Gwinnett students accused of computer crimes

SUWANEE - Police arrested a North Gwinnett High School senior last week on charges of credit card fraud after the 18-year-old reportedly used a school computer to purchase $724 in Internet phone cards using a stolen credit card, school system officials said.

Marcelo Giovanni Vanegas-Hernandez of Buford was booked on Feb. 7 into the Gwinnett County Detention Center and released the next day on a $5,600 bond, according to jail records.

A North Gwinnett sophomore was also arrested on a charge of computer password disclosure. Guillermo Gonzalez Reinecke, 18, of Buford is accused of providing his password to Vanegas-Hernandez, according to police records.

Reinecke was arrested Feb. 8 and released from the Detention Center that day on a $5,600 bond.

In addition to criminal charges, both students will face a disciplinary panel.

A parent on Jan. 23 told school police on his 16-year-old son's wallet was stolen, along with $70 in cash and a credit card, said Jorge Quintana, spokesman for Gwinnett County Public Schools. The parent provided a credit card statement that showed $724 in Internet phone card purchases.

During the investigation, a school resource officer identified the school computer used to make the purchases, and a forensic investigation revealed the student password used to log on to make the purchase, Quintana said.

"GCPS technology should be used for legitimate educational reasons only, and not for personal use," Quintana said. "The student handbook, which is sent home at the beginning of the year, provides information on the use of electronic media and prohibits GCPS technology to be used to harm other people, including using a computer to steal property or to gain unauthorized access to online resources by using someone else's password."