It's simple really. Suspicion, even if felt by countless readers, does not amount to evidence. Conjecture does not amount to evidence.
There was plenty of evidence that the man committed plagiarism. He got what he had coming for that. I have no argument there.
On the other hand, there is no evidence that the man committed credit card fraud. Yet judging from what's already out there, many people have assumed that he did. One reason is this post that has those words in its title.
The post has conjecture: I bet something will happen; and I can't imagine what might happen except what two other criminals did -- a classic use of guilt by association.
It has the assumption that this conjecture amounts to credit card fraud (We have complained ... about the credit card fraud; and A gentleman named Kumaraguru pointed the way to the credit card fraud.)
It has this claim: This is clearly a criminal offence now.
There are plenty of people who read all this, got suspicious, and in their turn called this credit card fraud in as many words. For one example, see this.
I would like to know, where is the criminal offence? Where is the credit card fraud? Is there one person who has been defrauded, one actual criminal offence anywhere? Where's the evidence?
There is none. There is just conjecture. A man has been damned for credit card fraud based entirely on conjecture. Think of that.
(Related note: please see the exchange in the comments section here, which makes no bones about the plagiarism. But among other things, there are these sentences: If he were to be charged with a crime unrelated to website copying, TalkLeft would be concerned that he not be convicted in the court of the blogosphere, as appears to be happening now. Unsubstantiated allegations about Mr. Pinto are potentially libelous and will be removed from this thread. And in fact, it seems such removal did happen -- see the "*****" just above these sentences).
In some ways, this is the downside to what I wrote earlier about Chris Anderson's Long Tail and blogging. Blogs allow you to bypass editors and publish, putting the power of publishing directly in the hands of the writer. That's often a great boon. Yet consider: a good editor would have stopped conjecture where it should have been stopped. Before being published.
May I ask that you also read the postscript to my previous post on this subject, No Bended Knees.