State Police commercial motor vehicle inspection nets fraudulent credit cards

Friday, February 19, 2016

CLOVERDALE -- A routine inspection of a commercial vehicle Thursday morning yielded 17 fraudulent credit cards and the arrest of a California man.

At 11:45 a.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Yan Dravigne stopped a tractor-trailer operating under the carrier International Enterprises for a routine commercial vehicle inspection on eastbound Interstate 70 near the 41-mile marker.

During conversation with the driver, Dravigne noticed suspicious activity by the driver. A search of the cab area yielded 17 credit cards with stolen credit card numbers.

The driver, Vage Papoukhian, 49, Whittier, Calif., was taken into custody and incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail. He faces felony forgery charges.

The driver was alleged to be responsible for these acts, not the carrier.

Dravigne was assisted by Troopers James Wells and Brad Smith.

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