Traffic stop in Newark leads to two charged with identity theft
Two New York residents were arrested in Newark after police found them with several fake driver’s licenses containing stolen identities, authorities said.
The arrests stemmed from a traffic stop after officers spotted a car driving on
Main Street without headlights around 9:15 p.m. Oct. 25, according Sgt. Gerald Bryda, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.
The driver claimed to be from the United Kingdom and gave the officer a photocopy of a foreign driver’s license. Meanwhile, his passenger gave a conflicting account about their identities, Bryda said.
“During a search of the vehicle, a large amount of United States currency and foreign currency was located,” Bryda said. “Also located in the vehicle were various bank account and legal documents containing multiple identities.”
The passenger also had five credit cards and three fake driver’s licenses, all containing a photo of the driver, with her.
The driver, who police ultimately identified as John A. Medina, 49, was charged with four counts of identity theft, 14 counts of forgery, one county of conspiracy and one count of driving without headlights. He was held on $140,001 cash bond.
The passenger, Grace Umoffia, 33, was charged with four counts of identity theft and one count of conspiracy. She was held on $84,000 cash bond.