2 charged in fake ID scam targeting Best Buy
A New Jersey man and a New York man have been charged following a scheme to obtain a Best Buy credit card with fraudulent identification, Bethlehem Township police said. Monday was found by township police allegedly asleep in a car parked outside Best Buy in the Southmont shopping center.
Kouyate told police he was waiting for his friend, Edward Castro, 30, of the 300 block of Central Avenue in Brooklyn, id chief New York. Castro had been arrested by officers for allegedly trying to obtain a Best Buy credit card with a fraudulent ID.
An officer searched Kouyate and found a fraudulent Illinois driver’s license in his possession, according to police. Kouyate allegedly claimed he used the phony ID to get into bars when he was under age 21 four years ago.
Police said the car Kouyate was in was not his vehicle and it was towed. Police searched the vehicle Castro had been driving and found a grinder inside of it with marijuana residue.
Castro allegedly admitted to using the passport of another man in hopes of obtaining the store credit card. A store employee realized it was fraudulent and called police.
Kouyate is charged with two counts forgery, one count marijuana possession and one count possession of drug paraphernalia. Castro is charged with two counts forgery, one count theft, one count providing a false ID to law enforcement, Fake ID one count marijuana possession and one count possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both were arraigned before District Judge Douglas Schlegel, who set bail at $40,000 each. In lieu of bail, both were taken to Northampton County Prison.
The judge ordered both enroll in Pretrial Services and stay away from Best Buy. He allowed 10 percent of $40,000 if Pretrial Services approved it for each.