Putnam County Traffic Stop Yields Fraudulent Credit Cards

Putnamville—On Wednesday afternoon, April 11, at approximately 4:00, an Indiana State Police Trooper from the Putnamville Post stopped a 2018 Nissan Maxima for speeding and erratic passing on eastbound Interstate 70 near the 35 mile marker.

During conversations with the occupants, information was developed that led to a search of the vehicle. Inside the vehicle and on their person were one computer, one credit card imprinter, one credit card embosser, fake identification and credit cards, and numerous items believed to have been purchased with fake credit cards. The fake cards were believed to have been used at various locations in the states of Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri.

Xavier D. Smith
Joseph A. Moon

The arrested driver was 25-year-old Joseph A. Moon of Louisville, KY. Moon was charged with (8) felony counts of Conspiracy to Commit Fraud and incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail.

The arrested passenger was 24-year-old Xavier D. Smith (address unknown at this time). Smith was incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail on (8) felony counts of Fraud and (1) misdemeanor count of Fraudulent Government Document. In addition to original charges, Smith produced a fake identification card to the troopers.

Assisting the troopers were deputies from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.


Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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