• Fraud suspect granted bond despite threat to run away


    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Michael McKinney is no stranger to the law. WFTV found nearly two dozen mugshots of McKinney from various arrests, and a list of charges that ran to 15 pages.

    According to authorities he has bragged about being able to steal anyone's credit card number. They said it earned him the nickname Credit Card Mike.

    Casselberry police said they discovered McKinney, 55, was buying auto parts at stores with stolen credit information.

    Seminole County Sheriff's Office's financial crimes task force has also been looking into McKinney.

    Investigators said they caught McKinney when he tried to pick up parts at a Pep Boys auto parts store in Sanford.

    Zachary Ripley said his business was also ripped off.

    "[McKinney] needs to be behind bars, in my opinion, for the rest of his life," said Ripley.

    WFTV's Tim Barber learned that McKinney has been involved in at least nine fraud cases.

    Arrest reports show he ordered everything over the phone, including food from a Sanford restaurant.

    "He's putting everybody out of business. He's stealing you know," said Sanford resident Max Marin.

    Ripley said he believes McKinney should stay in jail.

    "It could happen again and again and again and again," said Ripley.

    McKinney reportedly told investigators that he was, "Just going to bond out and we would never see him again."

    The judge granted him a $13,500 bond.

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