OCEAN CITY, MD – (January 11, 2019): The Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) recently charged several individuals with various fraud and theft charges after the suspects used counterfeit credit cards to book hotel rooms and purchase food and alcohol.
During the summer of 2017, a total of six victims from outside the region reported that their credit card numbers had been used to make fraudulent purchases. Each of the six victims reported that their credit card numbers had been used at various hotels, alcohol retailers, and restaurants throughout Ocean City during this time period.
During that same time frame, OCPD patrol officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle was being driven by Shawn A. Johnson, 19, of Princess Anne, MD. The passengers were identified as Adebomi E. Adaralegbe, 21, of Landover, MD, and Remi Adeoye Adegbite, 22, of Magnolia, AR. Officers detected the odor of marijuana so a search was conducted of the vehicle. In the vehicle, officers located a fraudulent debit card, a laptop computer, and two credit card reader/writers.
Through investigation, detectives learned that these suspects and others were creating counterfeit credit cards using account numbers likely purchased on the dark web. Detectives were able to link a total of seven suspects to the crimes. They were identified as the following individuals:
- Justin A. McMillan, 20, of Snow Hill, MD
- Remi Adeoye Adegbite, 22, of Magnolia, AR
- Adebomi E. Adaralegbe, 21, of Landover, MD
- Khiry R. Drummond, 27, of Cambridge, MD
- Souleymane Diallo, 25, of Capital Heights, MD
- Shawn A. Johnson, Jr., 19, of Princess Anne, MD
- Honore T. Mbaye, 20, of Middle River, MD
Each of the seven suspects has been charged with several crimes related to credit card fraud, identity theft, and credit card counterfeiting.