Teen Is Arrested In Fake Credit Card Plot

August 07, 2009|By Peter Hermann

A Maryland state trooper who took a routine complaint from a woman about a stolen debit card number uncovered an alleged identity-theft scheme that led this week to an arrest of a teen who authorities said had more than 80 credit cards and a machine to make them.

Police said the suspect's undoing came after he went on a weekend splurge using the woman's card, starting with a vehicle emissions test and ending with a $650 tab at a nightclub where the trooper said "he had partied with friends."

The suspect, Rasheed A. Adedokum, 19, of the 5100 block of Upshur Drive in Bladensburg, was arrested at his home Wednesday and charged with five counts of unlawful use of the debit card and one count of theft over $500. He is being held at the Prince George's County Detention Center on $250,000 bail.

A state police spokesman described the investigating officer, Douglas Reiner, as a young trooper who thoroughly investigated the complaint from the woman, who walked into the Forestville barracks in May after her bank canceled her card because of unusual purchases made over the weekend.

- Peter Hermann

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