By David Dishneau, The Associated Press
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Identity thieves using real names and credit
card numbers they got off the Internet created hundreds of phony
cards and fraudulent lines of credit with stores to steal thousands
of dollars in merchandise, police said Friday.
The ring's alleged leader, Jian Ping Wang of Frederick, was jailed
and charged with multiple counts of credit card counterfeiting and
illegally possessing equipment to produce credit cards. He had no
attorney as of Friday, a court clerk said.
Police arrested Wang, 38, an illegal immigrant from China, in
Baltimore County on Wednesday and found more than 200 phony credit
cards in his car, according to Frederick County police. Wang said he
was going to New York to sell the cards, according to court documents.
A search of his home yielded more than 200 credit card blanks and
equipment for making fake cards and driver's licenses, according to
"There are probably at least 100 victims that may not even know that
their identities have been stolen," said Deputy Jennifer Bailey, a
sheriff's office spokeswoman.
Frederick County authorities obtained a warrant for another suspect,
Jackson T. Tiong, 45, of Shepherdstown, Bailey said.
Secret Service Agent Jeff Gappert said four other suspected
accomplices were arrested in October in Frederick County. They were
"runners" who used the fake credit cards to buy merchandise that
would typically be sold for cash, he said.
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Gappert did not say how or where the ring obtained the real names and
account numbers on the Internet.