FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2012
Gary Jenkins, Chief of Police
Pullman Police Department
PULLMAN – On June 21, 2012 at about 3:00 pm, Pullman Police arrested the American Travel Inn business manager for fraudulently using customer credit card numbers. The investigation began earlier this year when multiple victims reported suspicious purchases or attempted purchases on their credit cards. The one commonality was that they had all stayed at the American Travel Inn in Pullman. The investigative trail led detectives to computers located at the business manager's Pullman residence and at the American Travel Inn located at 515 S. Grand Avenue in Pullman.
In the morning hours of June 21, 2012, Pullman Police Department Detectives served two consecutive search warrants at the business and residence. Subsequent to serving the warrants, detectives arrested the 24-year-old business manager, Gurinder Kaur, for numerous counts of identity theft and second degree theft after she confessed to using customer information obtained from several credit cards to purchase over $2,000 worth of goods.
In addition to using credit card information obtained through the hotel, Kaur also established an account for a fictitious company, "Cougar Zip", which had no legitimate purpose. Kaur used the fictitious company as a separate means of obtaining funds from victim accounts. Detectives recovered the majority of the illegally purchased items during execution of the search warrants. However, the investigation continues to seek out other possible victims.
All those who have been the victim of identity theft and have recently stayed at the American Travel Inn or conducted any business with "Cougar Zip" are asked to report it to the Pullman Police Department.
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