Tallahassee siblings arrested for gift card scheme at Dollar General

Tallahassee brother, sister arrested for gift card scheme at Dollar General
Posted at 1:35 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 09:40:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A brother and sister are being charged with fraud after they used a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer's stolen credit card to purchase gift cards from a local Dollar General. 

Nicovia Sav'ion Rudolph, 24, D'Carrion L. Rudolph, 20, were arrested for the scheme. 

On Sept. 17, Rudolph opened up the store at 4460 Crawfordville Highway for the first time by herself, according to a probable cause affidavit.

After she opened the store, her brother, D'Carrion Rudolph, entered the store and bought three gift cards via three separate transactions. He tried to make more transactions but only the three transactions were completed.

In an interview at the store on Sept. 20, the cashier, who had worked for the store for more than six months, told the Leon County Sheriff's Office investigator that she could not recall the name on the credit card.

But she said she was in a hurry to ring her brother out because she was by herself and there were other customers were in the store.

The investigator asked Rudolph whether she knew the store's policy for ringing up family members, court documents said. She replied no.

Documents say footage from the store showed Rudolph looking through the register print outs to find the transactions that went through and the ones that were declined. She threw then away the declined transaction receipts, court documents said, and put one gift card in her smock pocket.

At one point in the footage, D'Carrion is seen giving his sister a "dap" handshake before continuing buying gift cards.

After buying the gift cards, video showed D'Carrion leaving the store and entering the driver's seat of a vehicle before leaving the parking lot.

Speaking with the investigator, Rudolph appeared to become sick and started to heave, as if to vomit, and the investigator set up an interview with her for a later date.

An investigation revealed the stolen cards came from a vehicle burglary on Sept. 17. The victim's personal vehicle and his unmarked Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission vehicle were burglarized. Both vehicles had been left unlocked and several items, including the victim's wallet and his credit cards, were stolen.

The victim of the vehicle burglary learned from his credit card company that his card was used at the Dollar General at 4600 Crawfordville Highway on Sept. 17, 2018, about 7 a.m. for the amounts of $454.95, $500 and $504.95.

Based on the evidence, the investigator wrote, Rudolph allowed her brother to make several fraudulent charges to the victim's credit card.

"Nicovia knew what to do to circumvent Dollar Generals procedure on gift cards purchases," the court document said. "Both Nicovia and D'Carrion organized a scheme to defraud and gain illegal proceeds from the stolen credit cards."

Nicovia was booked into the Leon County Detention Center on Tuesday on a single fraud charge and was released on a $2,500 bond.

D'Carrion booked into jail on Wednesday and was charged with multiple counts related to fraud, possession of another persons ID, and three counts of grand theft. As of Thursday, he remains in jail on a $55,000 bond. 

has not yet been arrested for the current charge as his whereabouts are unknown, court documents indicate.