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California man arrested at Trafford post office, being investigated as part of a fraud ring

Renatta Signorini
| Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 9:27 a.m.
Hovhannes Urfalyan
Hovhannes Urfalyan

Updated 20 hours ago

A California man accused of trying to use stolen credit cards to buy money orders this week in Trafford could be part of a fraud ring being investigated by the Postal Service, according to court documents.

Trafford police allege that Hovhannes Urfalyan, 23, of North Hollywood, tried to buy about $1,600 in money orders using fraudulent credit cards Wednesday at the Trafford post office.

Urfalyan made a $900 transaction but asked to cancel a second transaction of $768.85 after a police officer arrived around 4 p.m., according to a criminal complaint.

Police charged him with two counts each of access device fraud and theft. They reported that postal authorities are investigating a larger fraud ring.

Urfalyan is being held at the Westmoreland County Prison on $100,000 bond.

He did not have an attorney listed in online court records. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 19.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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