Carlsbad Man Indicted in International Fraud Ring


CARLSBAD, TX – A Carlsbad man has been indicted for playing a part in a large credit card fraud ring. 

According to court documents, on Sept. 4, 2019, deputies with the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office received a case from the Brevard County Sheriff's Office in Florida regarding a possible fraud ring that involved a resident in Tom Green County. 

On Sept. 12, 2019, deputies went to meet David Harvell, 68, on the 11700 block of Coleman st. in Carlsbad. During the initial interview, Harvell admitted to using a debit card that was not his and that when it stopped working he called the bank for a replacement. 

They then searched his home where they found a black notebook containing a number of credit card, debit card, and social security numbers. When asked about what he did with the cards, Harvell admitted to receiving payment for buying and shipping items to Ghana, Malaysia, and Florida. 

Harvell was arrested and charged with five counts of Fraud by possessing ten or more debit/credit cards. He was then indicted on Sept. 10, 2020 for five counts of credit card abuse and one count of credit card abuse against the elderly. 

He remains in the Tom Green County Jail in lieu of a $265,000 bond. 

His initial pre-trial is set for November 11. 

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