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Article updated: 11/9/2012 11:13 AM

Carol Stream dad charged in credit card scheme

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A Carol Stream man took his 12-year-old son shopping with a credit card belonging to the boy's teacher, prosecutors said Friday.

Juan Chavez, 30, of the 100 block of Elk Trail, appeared in DuPage County bond court on charges of possessing a lost or mislaid credit card and contributing to the criminal delinquency of a child.

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Chavez is accused of taking his son shopping Tuesday at 7-Eleven, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Redbox with a credit card belonging to his son's teacher.

The teacher told police the card and her purse recently went missing. She watched security footage of Chavez making purchases with the card and recognized his son from class, Assistant State's Attorney Kevin Laude said in bond court, calling the circumstances "outrageous."

Judge Thomas Else set bail at $50,000. Laude said Chavez also has a no-bond hold from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement because he is not a legal U.S. resident.

If convicted, Chavez could face up to three years in prison. His next court date is Nov. 29 in front of Judge Daniel Guerin.

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