As of Thursday, January 5, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lawrenceville police have arrested a Hall County sheriff's deputy on charges alleging he used stolen credit cards to make multiple purchases at a local Walmart store.
Now former Hall County jail officer Benjamin Veerland Thompson -- who officials said resigned after being notified of the charges against him -- was booked into jail himself Wednesday and charged with three counts of credit card fraud.
Lawrenceville police spokesman Capt. Greg Vaughn said that investigators were initially alerted to Thompson's suspected activities last April, when a loss prevention officer at the Walmart at 1400 Lawrenceville Highway reported a purchase that came back as a disputed charge.
According to a police report, the card had been reported stolen. The Walmart employee pointed to Thompson.
"The basis for her suspicion was due to the suspect having taken merchandise in the transaction," the report said.
Arrest warrants list separate incidents on Feb. 16, March 4 and March 6 of last year in which Thompson allegedly picked up items purchased online with stolen cards. Each incident involved a different victim, warrants said.
As Thompson remained in Gwinnett County Jail on $30,000 bond, Vaughn said Thursday that more charges are possible.
"This arrest does not close the investigation, as Lawrenceville police are reviewing other transactions made by Thompson," Vaughn said.