Detectives Investigate Credit Card Fraud Related to Earlier Bethesda Home Invasion Robbery; Surveillance Photographs of Separate Suspect Released

Separate suspect who fraudulently used victim’s stolen credit cards following Bethesda home invasion robbery

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the March 30 robbery that occurred inside a home in Bethesda.  During this home invasion robbery, a male suspect stole the victim’s purse which included her credit cards.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of a separate male suspect who fraudulently used the victim’s credit cards after the robbery and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.

On Saturday, March 30 at approximately 4:46 a.m., 2nd District officers responded to a residence in the 6800 block of Wisconsin Avenue for the report of a home invasion robbery that had just occurred.

The investigation by detectives determined that earlier in the evening, the adult female victim had been out with friends in the downtown Bethesda area when she ordered a ridesharing service back to her residence.  The suspect arrived at the victim’s location and the victim got into the suspect’s vehicle believing that he was the driver for the rideshare that she had ordered.  The suspect drove the victim to her residence and demanded payment.  The victim stated to detectives that she told the driver that she had paid for the rideshare through the rideshare’s app and that she did not owe the driver additional money.  The suspect followed the victim into her apartment building and then followed her into an elevator.  While in the elevator, the suspect unsuccessfully attempted to steal the victim’s purse.   The suspect then followed the victim off the elevator and into her apartment.   Once in the victim’s apartment, the suspect stole property and then fled.

At approximately 10:00 a.m. that morning, the separate male suspect was captured on store surveillance video fraudulently using the victim’s credit cards to purchase merchandise at stores in Arlington, Virginia and Landover, Maryland.

Anyone with information about this suspect or the home invasion robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100 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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Separate suspect who fraudulently used victim’s stolen credit cards following Bethesda home invasion robbery

Fraud Suspect Purchases Items Totaling over $10,000 with Stolen Credit Cards; Surveillance Photographs of Suspect Released

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – 1st District Patrol Investigations Unit and the 6th District Patrol Investigations Unit continue to investigate two cases of credit card theft and the subsequent fraudulent use of those stolen credit cards.  Investigators believe that the credit cards may have been stolen from the victims’ vehicles while they were parked at park and recreation facilities located in Derwood and Darnestown.  Investigators further believe that the same female suspect used those stolen credit cards to purchase merchandise at stores in Germantown and Rockville.  Today, investigators are releasing surveillance photographs of the suspect and are asking for the public’s help to identify her.

The following thefts are believed to have been committed by the same suspect:

  • February 19 – The suspect stole two credit cards from the victim’s vehicle which had been parked at Lake Needwood located in the 6700 block of Needwood Road in Derwood. The suspect then used those credit cards to fraudulently purchase merchandise totaling $5,200 at two stores in Germantown.

 

  • March 7 – The suspect stole two credit cards from the victim’s vehicle which had been parked along the Seneca Ridge Trail located in the 16800 block of Riffle Ford Road in the Darnestown area. The suspect then used those credit cards to fraudulently purchase merchandise totaling $5,650 at a store in Rockville.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the 1st District Patrol Investigations Unit at 240-773-6070 or call 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 the arrest and/or indictment of this suspect. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Suspect who fraudulently used stolen credit cards at a store in Germantown.

Suspect who fraudulently used stolen credit cards at a store in Rockville.

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.