Roadside commercial vehicle inspection results in one arrest

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The 10 fraudulent credit cards confiscated during an I-70 commercial vehicle inspection. (State Police photo).

LITTLE POINT -- A routine Indiana State Police commercial vehicle inspection along Interstate 70 evolved into a fraud and forgery investigation Monday.

Just after noon, Trooper Yan Dravigne of the Indiana State Police Post at Putnamville stopped an eastbound 2007 Volvo tractor, pulling a box trailer near the 51-mile marker of I-70, approximately 10 miles east of Cloverdale.

During his conversation with the driver, Ashot Shaumyan, 57, of Van Nuys, Calif., the trooper reportedly noticed possible indicators of criminal activity.

Subsequently, a consensual search of the tractor revealed 10 fraudulent credit cards with stolen credit card numbers that had been concealed in a DVD case, Dravigne reported.

Lodged in the Morgan County Jail at Martinsville, Shaumyan is facing felony charges of credit card fraud and forgery.

The tractor-trailer was operated under Vaga Express of Duarte, Calif.

Shaumyan was transporting fresh produce from Yuma, Ariz., to The Bronx, N.Y.

Assisting Dravigne at the scene were ISP Trooper Jim Wells and the U.S. Secret Service.

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