A fraudulent but active ID had allowed a Bridgeport woman to rack up more than $8,000 in illegal credit card charges and she may have gotten away with it for a while longer if not for an American passport that revealed her true identity, police said Monday.
Officers on Friday arrested 30-year-old Sevaria Douglas at Pilgrim Furniture in Southington as she was attempting to use a credit card and false ID to make a purchase, police said.
What makes the attempt interesting – the woman’s card was flagged and she had already denied to authorities once that it was illegally obtained, even signing documents using the fake name.
“The card has been used to purchase $8,505.75 worth of merchandise from local businesses and when first questioned, she maintained that the name on the card, an identity she stole from another individual, was her real name,” said Southington Police Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz.
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But an American passport eventually proved that the woman was not being honest with police and was attempting to throw off their investigation.
Officers first began looking into reports that the woman was making the false purchases earlier this month after a local woman reported that her identity might have been stolen. The investigation eventually led police to Douglas, of 157 Virginia Ave. in Bridgeport.
Detectives took her in for questioning, but the woman did not cooperate, a police report said.
“When questioned Douglas continued to identify herself as the person named on the credit card and she even signed legal documents using the same name,” Dobratz said. “She continued to lie and mislead police until her true identity was later discovered thanks to a passport.”
Douglas was booked on charges of second-degree larceny, criminal attempt to commit second-degree larceny, third-degree forgery, illegal use of a credit card, credit card fraud, interfering with a police investigation and criminal impersonation.
She was released after posting a $5,000 surety bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court on Feb. 4, according to court records.
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