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Huntsville member of 'Hood Dynasty' wanted in fraud case

Eric Jose Azcona (Source: Metro Jail) Eric Jose Azcona (Source: Metro Jail)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Huntsville man is wanted in a credit card fraud investigation linked to a Birmingham-area rap group.

Gardendale police are looking for 27-year-old Eric Jose Azcona of Huntsville and five other men in connection with a months long investigation that resulted in more than 160 felony warrants.

Azcona is charged with 28 fraudulent uses of a credit card, 26 identity thefts, trafficking in stolen identities, and theft of property first degree for a total of 56 felony warrants and a bond of $1,260,000.

Gardendale police started the investigation in late February after being notified by Regions Bank.

Investigators uncovered what they called an elaborate network of credit and debit card fraud spanning the entire country with a large concentration of activity along the Interstate 65 corridor between Birmingham and Huntsville.

Police said all of the suspects were members of a Birmingham based rap group "Hood Dynasty" that portrayed "gangster rap," glorifying violence and crime.

Police said the men are suspected of creating cloned cards with the compromised accounts they used to buy gift cards that were used to make purchases and finance "Hood Dynasty."

In addition to Azcona, police are also looking for his brother, Steven Joseph Azcona. He is a 24-year-old from Irondale and is charged with nine fraudulent uses of a credit card, five identity thefts, trafficking in stolen identities, and attempted theft of property first degree for a total of 15 felony warrants and a bond of $ 315,000.

Christian Talmadge Packer (AKA Champ Tha Don Dada), a 24-year-old from Irondale is charged with 21 fraudulent uses of a credit card, 18 identity thefts, trafficking in stolen identities, and theft of property first degree for a total of 40 felony warrants and a bond of $ 885,000.

Joshua Caleb Lewis, a 25-year-old from Birmingham is charged with 15 fraudulent uses of a credit card, 13 identity thefts, trafficking in stolen identities, and attempted theft of property first degree for a total of 29 felony warrants and a bond of $645,000.

Devin Daiget Coleman, a 26-year-old from Birmingham is charged with 11 fraudulent uses of a credit card, seven identity thefts, trafficking in stolen identities, and attempted theft of property first degree for a total of 19 felony warrants and a bond of $405,000.

Police say the suspects are believed to be involved in crimes involving up to 500 compromised cards.

"It's an easy, non-violent way to make a large amount of money in a short amount of time without physically coming in contact or violently coming in contact to obtain that money," said Gardendale Detective Chris Clark. "We're seeing more and more of this."

Federal investigators are involved in this case. Huntsville Police said they will cooperate with the federal investigation if needed.

All suspects in this case are currently at large. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Devin Coleman, Joshua Lewis, or Eric Azcona is asked to call the Gardendale Police Department at 205-631-8787.

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