Traf­fic stop in Ne­wark leads to two charged with iden­tity theft

Newark Post - - POLICE BLOTTER - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­[email protected]­

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.


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