Traffic Stop on I-97 Nets 2 Involved in Multi-state Identity Theft Scheme

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. (April 18, 2105)—On Thursday at approximately 12:30 p.m., the Maryland State Police Glen Burnie Barrack Commander stopped a 2013 Nissan bearing Florida registration on Interstate 97 at the New Cut Road exit in Anne Arundel County for a traffic violation.

During discussion with the driver, Jameica Cross, 20 of New York and the passenger, Dominique Reid, 20 of New York, probable cause was identified and led to a search of the vehicle. Located in the trunk of the vehicle were several fraudulent credit cards and a card skimmer. Investigators from Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region were contacted, responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Cross and Reid were arrested and transported to the Glen Burnie Barrack.

Through collaborative efforts with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC), United States Secret Service, and private bank fraud investigators, attempts are being made to identify the scope of the apparent identity theft scheme involving Cross and Reid. It appears the theft scheme has crossed several jurisdictions and involves other states.

Cross was charged with several traffic violations; obstructing and hindering in a police investigation and fraudulent identity to avoid prosecution. She was released on a $2,500 bond on those charges. However, Cross was also wanted in New York on similar fraudulent charges and is currently on a no bond status. Reid was charged with several fraudulent charges, to include, contrivance to reproduce credit card without consent. She was release on a $5,000 bond.

This investigation in ongoing and additional charges is pending a review with the Anne Arundel County States Attorney's Office.

Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region is comprised of investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The investigators are tasked with working investigations within Maryland's jurisdictions and crimes that cross state lines.

Source: Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region

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