Fraud Suspect Purchases Items Totaling over $8,000 with Victim’s Stolen Credit Cards; Surveillance Photograph Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 3rd District Patrol Investigations Unit are releasing a surveillance photograph of a female suspect who charged over $8,000 worth of merchandise to the victim’s stolen credit cards and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.

The investigation by detectives determined that the victim was at the Fitness Evolution gym located at 2144 Industrial Parkway in the Calverton area when her purse, which contained her wallet and credit cards, was stolen from a locker. The victim stated that she had secured the locker with a lock and then left to exercise. Upon returning to the changing room, she discovered her lock had been removed and that her purse was missing.

The suspect used the victim’s stolen credit cards to purchase merchandise at various stores in the area. The suspect was seen leaving one store in a red vehicle and seen leaving another store in a white vehicle.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the 3rd District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6800 or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest in this case. To be eligible for a reward, tipsters must call Crime Solvers. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Suspect Charged with Fraud Related to Maryland Driver’s Licenses

Elisa Arleni Ordonez

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged Elisa Arleni Ordonez, age 38, of the 13200 block of Locksley Lane in Silver Spring, with multiple counts of fraud.

Investigation by Montgomery County Police and Maryland Department of Transportation – Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) investigators has revealed that Ordonez, for a fee that ranged between $1,700 to $2,550, provided out-of-state residents with fraudulent documents (bank statements and utility bills) so that the residents could prove residency to obtain a Maryland driver’s license from the MDOT MVA.

This fraud scheme investigation began in August of 2017 and during the approximate 14-month investigation, investigators identified and spoke with four people who used fraudulent documents provided by Ordonez to obtain a Maryland driver’s license.  The MDOT MVA was able to determine that documents created by Ordonez and submitted to the MDOT MVA by the out-of-state residents showed identical banking and address information.  Investigation has determined that at least 37 additional people have provided the fraudulent documentation from Ordonez to MDOT MVA.

During this investigation, a search of Ordonez’ home revealed items of evidence to include a list of names of persons who had purchased fraudulent documents to obtain a Maryland driver’s license.   MDOT MVA has notified MCP that their office is in the process of cancelling the previously issued Maryland driver’s licenses that had been obtained through the use of the fraudulent documents provided from Ordonez.

On October 22, 2018. Montgomery County Police investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Ordonez charging her with multiple counts of fraud.  She was arrested at her home on October 23 and transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Ordonez was released on her own recognizance.

The following statement was provided to MCP by the Public Affairs Office for the Maryland Department of Transportation – Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration:

“The Maryland Department of Transportation – Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Investigations Division proactively investigates issues related to identity and residence fraud, working with law enforcement and consumers to ensure the security and integrity of Maryland’s driver’s licenses and identification cards.”

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Detectives Investigate Check Fraud; Surveillance Photos Released

Suspect who cashed a fraudulently altered check.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate a check fraud incident that occurred in mid-August.  Today, detectives are releasing photographs of the male suspect and asking for the public’s assistance in identifying him.

The investigation by detectives determined that the adult female victim wrote a check in the amount of $273.79 to her utility company.  The victim placed the check in an envelope and put that envelope in her mailbox.  Approximately one month later, the victim was notified by her utility company that her check had never been received.  The victim contacted her bank and was told that the check had been cashed on August 16 at a Capital One Bank located in Bowie. The bank also informed the victim that the name on the check had been altered to “Gregory Williams” and that the amount had been altered to $1,273.79.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-5522.  For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of these suspects.  Call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Suspect who cashed a fraudulently altered check.

Detectives Investigate Residential Burglary in North Potomac; Surveillance Photographs Released

Suspects who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac

** Note: October 18, 2018 – a photograph of a male which was included in the original release has been removed after he was identified by detectives and determined that he was not involved in this crime. **

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section continue to investigate a residential burglary that occurred in North Potomac in late July.  Today, detectives are releasing surveillance photographs of two suspects who were captured on store surveillance video using the victim’s stolen credit card and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on July 17, a resident in the 12500 block of Falconbridge Drive parked his/her car in the garage of their home and left the garage door open and vehicle doors unlocked during the overnight hours.  The next day, the homeowner discovered credit cards had been stolen from the car.

Investigators determined that the two female suspects used the stolen card at  at the Giant Food grocery store located at 229 Kentlands Boulevard in Gaithersburg at approximately 2:00 p.m. on July 19.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or has information about this burglary is asked to contact the 1st District Investigative Section at 240-773-6084.    To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online.  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and /or indictment of the suspect.  Tipsters will remain anonymous.

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Suspect who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac. Detectives believe that the T-shirt this suspect is wearing is a “Trader Joe’s” shirt given to employees

Suspect who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac

Suspects who used victim’s stolen credit card following a residential burglary in North Potomac

Update: Credit Card Theft Suspect Charged – Tipster Helped Close This Case

George Portes

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged George Portes, age 58, of the 18300 block of Powhatan Court in Gaithersburg, with theft and credit card fraud offenses after he fraudulently used credit cards stolen from victims who were exercising in area gyms. 

The following thefts of credit cards were reported to police:

  • March 8, 2017, at the Gold’s Gym located at 18810 Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg.
  • March 29, 2018. Investigators believe that this theft may have occurred at the Gold’s Gym located at 18330 Village Center Drive in Olney.
  • April 18, 2018. Investigators believe that this theft may have occurred at the Gold’s Gym located at 18330 Village Center Drive in Olney.

The suspect then fraudulently used the victims’ stolen credit cards in various stores to include the Home Depot and a CVS pharmacy in Gaithersburg.

On June 5, detectives released surveillance photographs of the suspect to the media and public and asked for help in identifying him.  Investigators received a tip which led to the identification of Portes as the suspect.

On June 28, detectives obtained a search warrant for Portes’ residence.  During the search, investigators recovered items of evidence related to these thefts.

On August 25, investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Portes charging him with multiple counts of theft and credit card fraud related offenses. On August 30, Portes turned himself into police and was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

The police department thanks the tipster who provided the information that led to Portes’ identification and arrest.

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