Man, 26, charged in felony theft try

Police say he told bank he was a football player to get $7,500 loan check

March 08, 2000|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

An Owings Mills man has been charged with attempted felony theft after claiming to bank officials that he was a Ravens football player so he could get a $7,500 loan, Howard County police said.

Damion L. Harrington, 26, of the 4300 block of Flinthill Drive was arrested Friday at Norwest Financial Center in the 9100 block of Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, police said. He was also charged Friday with forgery and identity theft.

According to charging documents, a man walked into the bank Feb. 28 and told a loan officer that he was Herman Jay Graham, a Baltimore Ravens running back.

He showed the loan officer an earnings statement and driver's license with Graham's name on it, the documents said.

Bank officials approved a loan for $7,502.62, gave the man a check in that amount and he left.

Skeptical bank officials called police to verify the man's identity. Police officers checked motor vehicle records and found that the driver's license was a fake.

According to Motor Vehicle Administration driving records, Graham's height is 6 feet, his weight 215 pounds and the ZIP code on the license given to the bank was not the same one that appears in Graham's motor vehicle records, charging documents state.

Howard County police Detective William Block called Ravens officials, who contacted Graham. Graham told police he was not at the bank and did not know anyone was using his identity.

The man, according to charging documents, left a cell phone number with bank officials, who called him and told him he qualified for a debit card with an additional $1,000 credit.

He told bank officials he would pick up the card and mentioned he could not cash the check because his bank put a three-day hold on it.

Bank officials told him he could cash the check when he came for the debit card, charging documents said.

When he arrived at the bank, police arrested him.

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