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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | April 26, 2003
A 47-year-old Wicomico County woman wanted by Baltimore police on an arrest warrant charging her with credit card fraud also is being investigated in the embezzlement of thousands of dollars from a local seminary, police sources said yesterday. Police said they have been searching for Cynthia J. Downs since her car was found April 15 in an Ocean City parking lot. She is wanted on charges of credit card fraud in the city, Baltimore police said. Details about the warrant were not available.
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April 29, 2014
Maryland State Police and Harford Sheriff's Office report: Aberdeen Allison Paige Braun, 22, who has addresses at Travel Lodge in Aberdeen, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for charges of four counts of theft less than $1,000 and theft scheme between $1,000 to under $10,000. Stoney Lee Henderson, 48, of the 600 block of Walker Street, was arrested on a warrant Thursday for a case of disorderly conduct and intoxication. Kayla V. Smith, 29, of the 600 block of Hazy Dawn Drive, was charged Saturday with second-degree assault.
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BUSINESS
By Glenn Burkins and Glenn Burkins,Knight-Ridder News Service | August 23, 1992
With more than 600 million credit cards in circulation %o worldwide, credit card fraud has hit record levels.The industry lost more than $1.5 billion to fraud last year, about 50 percent of it in the United States, says MasterCard International.Almost half the fraud was traced to lost or stolen cards, but telephone-related scams also loomed large. In fact, about one in three Americans has fallen prey to an illegal phone scam, according to a survey by Consumer Protection Network.you have been victimized, report the incident as quickly as possible.
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April 22, 2014
Maryland State Police and Harford Sheriff's Office report: Aberdeen Jonathan A. Waldon, 53, of the 100 block of Hamilton Avenue, was charged Friday with malicious destruction of property valued at $1,000. Gary Izell Osborne, 24, of the 400 block of Ruby Drive, was charged Saturday with possessing counterfeit drugs with the intent to distribute and resisting or interfering with arrest. Eric Christopher Briggs, 38, of the first block of Valley Bottom Road, was arrested on a bench warrant Sunday on charges of theft between $1,000 to under $10,000, theft less than $1,000, conspiracy to commit theft less than $1,000, theft less than $100, possession of drugs and other charges.
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By John Rivera l | October 1, 1991
A bank employee who allegedly used his computer terminal at work to defraud 25 people of more than $185,000 in credit card cash advances, was charged along with his girlfriend yesterday with fraud in a criminal complaint filed in Baltimore's federal court.In the end, it was the computer -- the tool that made the alleged fraud possible -- that helped uncover the scheme.Kurt G. S. Matthews of Silver Spring was charged with fraud, embezzlement and misapplication by a bank employee.His girlfriend, Portia White, was charged with aiding and abetting in the fraud.
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By Scott Higham and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | January 30, 1997
Facing potentially damaging evidence, a key player in an international Nigerian credit card fraud ring decided yesterday to plead guilty to money laundering charges in Baltimore, as well as heroin trafficking charges in New York.Christopher Tizhe, 36, will enter the plea today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, his lawyer said during a hearing yesterday. Under the deal, Tizhe will receive 14 years in prison, but he will not be required to cooperate with federal prosecutors or agents.U.S.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Sun Staff Writer | April 21, 1995
A federal task force arrested two men in Baltimore County yesterday in what was believed to be a major credit card fraud ring responsible for $400,000 in thefts over the past two years.The arrests came after a surveillance team riding in the Garrison area saw a man in a car remove items from a mailbox on Caveswood Lane, and stopped the vehicle on nearby Garrison Forest Road. Agents confiscated stolen mail and arrested the car's two occupants -- both Nigerian nationals.According to the U.S. Secret Service and Postal Inspection Service, the ring steals credit card bills, credit card applications and other financial information from mailboxes, using them to obtain credit cards.
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By Devon Spurgeon and Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF | February 2, 1999
A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and Washington lawyer fabricated more than 25 identities that he used to obtain more than a half-million dollars worth of credit, according to a criminal complaint filed in Thursday in U.S. District Court.Eugene Martin Frese, 66, of Edgewater, a former U.S. Justice Department employee, secured six post office boxes in Nevada, Maryland and Virginia in which credit cards were received under false names, said U.S. Postal Inspectors, who have been tracking him since November.
NEWS
August 18, 1995
County police arrested a Bowie man Tuesday evening after he allegedly tried to use a stolen credit card to buy a computer worth nearly $2,800, officials said.Charles Robinson, 44, manager of the Annapolis Plaza Circuit City store in the first block of Jennifer Road, called police about 7:50 p.m. to report the attempted theft.A man using a credit card belonging to Patricia Drazin of Columbia had tried to buy an NEC computer for $2,785, Mr. Robinson told police.Ms. Drazin had reported her card stolen earlier Tuesday.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 21, 1997
A Nigerian national has been convicted of assault for attempting to run over a U.S. Secret Service agent trying to arrest him last year in a credit card fraud.Akinola Obayanju, 35, of the 7900 block of Belridge Road in Putty Hill was convicted Wednesday. He faces as many as eight years in prison when he is sentenced April 25 by U.S. district Judge Herbert M. Maletz.Secret Service agents Vincent O'Neill and Gregory Tate, with Postal Inspector Fran Brown and Baltimore police Detective David Wimmer, were staking out a Northeast Baltimore house July 24 to see who would pick up a fraudulent credit card.
NEWS
March 25, 2014
Maryland State Police and Harford County Sheriff's Office report: Aberdeen Danielle Nichole Nixon, 28, of the 2400 block of Post Road, was arrested Friday on a bench warrant in a case in which he is charged with two counts of vandalism. A person was assaulted Friday in the 1000 block of Old Philadelphia Road. Abingdon Bradley Barton Peeples, 27, of the 3100 block of Laurel View Drive, was arrested Sunday as a fugitive from Pennsylvania. Several counterfeit $20 bills were reported a store on Wegmans Boulevard Friday.
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February 13, 2014
Aberdeen Aberdeen police report: A purse was stolen Saturday in the 200 block of Perrywood Court. Harassment from a romantic partner was reported Saturday in the 700 block of Aldino-Stepney Road. Maryland State Police and Sheriff's Office report: Janmella Renee Kirksey, 22, of the 200 block of Mayberry Drive, was charged Tuesday with failing to appear in court for a case in which she was charged with driving while her license was suspended. David B. McFadden, 52, of the first block of Mt. Royal Avenue, was charged last Friday with failing to appear in court for a case in which he was charged with theft less than $1,000 and having a bad check more than $500.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2011
Anne Arundel County Police are searching for five people who they say picked up a lost credit card and used it to make purchases. In August, a woman dropped her credit card in the parking lot of the CVS store at 28 Magothy Beach Road, police said. Video surveillance shows five people associated with using the card, police said. The people in the video are four men and a woman in their early twenties or late teens, police said. The investigation is ongoing and police ask that anyone with information about the incident contact Anne Arundel County Police at 410-222-6145 or Metro Crime Stoppers.
NEWS
By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | April 16, 2009
Privacy experts, banks and others are warning consumers about another threat to their personal financial information: electronic "skimming" devices that record credit-card and debit-card numbers at ATMs, gas pumps or vending machines. Using tiny technology disguised as part of the machine, the thieves then press new cards with customers' numbers and run amok, to the dismay of cardholders such as Kristin R. Kyriakos, 29, of South Baltimore, who returned from vacation Monday to find numerous bank overdraft notices in her mailbox.
BUSINESS
By Dan Thanh Dang | December 23, 2007
You might not get exactly what you're paying for when it comes to using prepaid calling cards to reach out to family and friends, according to a new study by the Washington-based Hispanic Institute. It tested 45 international prepaid calling cards for efficacy and value, and found that the average card delivered only 60 percent of the minutes promised. A third of the 45 cards delivered the full call-time promised; seven, or 15.6 percent, didn't work at all; and eight had call completion rates of 50 percent or less.
BUSINESS
By DAN THANH DANG | September 25, 2007
Denise Stanco was desperate. Trying to stop a theft from her checking account in progress, the 54-year-old information technology specialist frantically e-mailed her last hope - in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In three e-mail messages, the Catonsville resident explained that someone swiped her debit-card number, faked a passport in her name and purchased two tickets worth $1,201 on Bahrain's Gulf Air. Stanco pleaded with someone, anyone to help her. Everyone she turned to thus far had disappointed her, since she'd learned from a credit-monitoring service that someone had used her debit-card number to purchase Gulf Air tickets, Birkenstocks and Asian Air tickets.
NEWS
By Christian Science Monitor | March 20, 1995
NEW YORK -- Warning: Keep an eagle eye on your mail.Thieves are targeting postal deliveries in the hope of snaring Social Security and welfare checks, as well as phone and credit cards.They are also looking for bank statements or other financial information, such as Social Security numbers, that could help them loot a bank account.Consider the antics of Phillip Kousnetsov and Yuri Kosnogov. As the pair walked out of an East Side Manhattan apartment building last July, federal postal inspectors followed them to their car. Once inside, the authorities nabbed them.
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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer | January 27, 1995
A California woman arrested on charges of credit card fraud is suspected of being a part of a group that uses fake credit cards to buy merchandise and have it shipped back to Los Angeles, local and federal authorities said.Felicia Michelle Mitchell, 23, of Upland, Calif., was charged with seven counts of credit card fraud Wednesday afternoon, police said.Annapolis District Judge Martha Rasin ordered Ms. Mitchell's bail to remain at $25,000 at a bail review hearing yesterday afternoon, a spokeswoman said.
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By LAURA SMITHERMAN and LAURA SMITHERMAN,SUN REPORTER | October 2, 2005
As the credit card gained popularity in the early 1970s, college students were invited to try to crack a new technology that enabled computers to "read" the cards through a magnetic stripe across the back. The "magstripe" was considered revolutionary, but it turned out to be no match for the homemade devices the engineering students devised. One contraption, a Dick Tracy-like wrist gadget, copied the account data on the stripe and transferred it to another card. "Obviously, any system can be defrauded somehow," one student said at the time of the competition, sponsored by an arm of Citibank, "but if it can be done cheaply, in some guy's garage, then you're going to worry."
NEWS
By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | April 26, 2003
A 47-year-old Wicomico County woman wanted by Baltimore police on an arrest warrant charging her with credit card fraud also is being investigated in the embezzlement of thousands of dollars from a local seminary, police sources said yesterday. Police said they have been searching for Cynthia J. Downs since her car was found April 15 in an Ocean City parking lot. She is wanted on charges of credit card fraud in the city, Baltimore police said. Details about the warrant were not available.
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