A 20-year-old woman was taken into custody by Glendale police on suspicion of identity fraud, with more arrests expected, in a case that detectives believe resulted in losses of more than $100,000.
Monae Wallace of Victorville was arrested about 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 after police went to the Apple store in the Glendale Galleria regarding the possible use of a fraudulent ID to purchase about $12,000 worth of Apple products, according to Glendale police Sgt. Dan Suttles.
Wallace was booked on suspicion of identity theft, and was released on $50,000 bail on Oct. 9. No charges have been filed against her at this point.
“Officers detained Ms. Wallace to investigate the possible fraud,” Suttles said. “When asked for identification, Ms. Wallace gave the officers a fraudulent California driver license with the name of another person on it but with Ms. Wallace’s picture on it. The officers were able to quickly determine the driver license was fraudulent.”
Wallace allegedly continued to claim that she was indeed the person named on the driver’s license.
“Only after being arrested for the possession of a fake driver license did Ms. Wallace admit that she was not the person named on the license, and was actually Monae Wallace of Victorville,” according to a police statement. “However, she then claimed the person named on the license was actually her grandmother.”
He said a preliminary search on a public database revealed a phone number for the person named on the driver’s license. The woman who answered the phone when a detective called the number claimed to be Wallace’s grandmother and said she did not object to Wallace using her name to purchase the items, according to police.
“Essentially, the grandmother’s permission to use her identity would significantly reduce Ms. Wallace’s criminal exposure,” Suttles said. “However, a more thorough investigation revealed a different phone number for the actual person named on the driver license, and when contacted the victim stated she did not even have a granddaughter and doesn’t know Ms. Wallace.”
Investigators determined the person they spoke to on the phone was actually an accomplice, Suttles said.
“Furthermore, during the investigation, several more fraudulent driver licenses were found to be possessed by Ms. Wallace, all with her picture but different names on them,” Suttles alleged. “Ms. Wallace also possessed multiple credit cards with correlating names to the victims. Investigators have linked over $100,000 in loss associated to the fraudulent cards.”
Wallace and her accomplice or accomplices used the victims’ information to create email addresses and obtain phone lines “in an attempt to create legitimacy to their claims on the victims’ identities,” Suttles alleged. “The investigation continues, and detectives believe further arrests in this case are imminent.”
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