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iPads at Center of Credit Card Fraud Investigation at Best Buy

NORTH STAFFORD, Va. — A Maryland woman faces charges after sheriff’s’ deputies said she opened a line of credit in someone else’s name and tried to buy several iPads.

Deputies were called to a Best Buy store in the Stafford Marketplace shopping center on March 8 to find a woman standing at the store’s service desk speaking with a manager. The manager called 911 after he became suspicious of the woman opening up a new account with an out-of-state ID card, and using a social security number she pulled from her cell phone on a credit application, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Once the woman was approved for the new line of credit, she said she would like to purchase three new iPads and then went to a restroom. The manager called sheriff’s deputies when the woman went to use the restroom.

Now back at the customer service desk and a sheriff’s deputy standing beside her, the woman was told she was suspected in being involved in a forgery. She then tried to leave the store and was taken into custody. The woman also provided a false name to the deputy during questioning, said Kennedy.

Tyiesha Allen, 26, of Montgomery County, Md. is charged with credit card fraud, credit card forgery, ID theft, and with obstruction of justice, said Kennedy.

She was taken to the Rappahannock Regional Jail.


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