Sandy Springs man charged in nationwide ID theft scheme

Woodstock police said Wednesday they have arrested a 30-year-old Sandy Springs man in connection with a nationwide identity theft scheme.

Ben Achampong was arrested at about 2:30 p.m. Monday when he attempted to use bogus credit cards to buy items at BJ’s Wholesale on Long Drive in Woodstock, police said. He allegedly had about 15 fraudulent credit cards in his possession.

The suspect had used fraudulent credit cards in Roswell, Sandy Springs and East Point and had purchased Nordstrom gift cards at a Publix supermarket in Woodstock, police said.

Woodstock police, assisted by police from Sandy Springs and federal authorities, executed a search warrant at Achampong’s home and seized computer equipment used to produce credit cards, as well as additional fraudulent cards and sales receipts.

The man had victims in a number of states including Georgia, Colorado, Michigan and Texas, police said.

Achampong was charged with financial transaction card fraud, financial transaction card forgery and 14 counts of identity theft, police said. He is being held without bond in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.