Report: Man may be linked to Target data breach

(USA TODAY) -- Texas police have arrested a man they allege may be linked to the massive Target data breach, according to a criminal complaint filed in Texas and a report from an Austin TV station.

The arrest affadavit first reported by KVUE-TV from the Georgetown, Texas, police department names Guo Xing Chen, 40, and says he may have been involved in the December swiping of customer records from the retail giant.

The affidavit asserts "it is also believed Chen is involved in a large scale credit breach believed to be in excess of $70 million according to investigators from the Targtet Corporation.''

Kirsten Blair, answering phones at the Georgetown Police Department, said she had no information on the arrest but expected a statement6 to be issued later this evening.

An attorney listed as representing Chen, Abby Alford, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The felony criminal complaint and affidavit asserts that police arrested Chen after being called to a Target store in Georgetown, Texas, on a report that a man had used a stolen credit or debit card to purchase gift cards. It said officers learned that there was an outstanding arrest warrant for Chen from Arkansas involving fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.


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