Brick police have arrested three New York residents who they say participated in a plan to fraudulently obtain a Best Buy store credit card to purchase items they intended to bring back to their home state.
Officer Charles Kelly arrested Diana Hosten, 28, of Brooklyn, on Feb. 16 after loss prevention personnel at the store contacted police and told them the same woman had been identified earlier in the day after fraudulently obtaining a credit card at the electronic retailer's Howell location and purchasing items there, Sgt. Keith Reinhard said.
Kelly investigated and spoke with store employees and Hosten before making the arrest.
"It was determined that Hosten was attempting to acquire a Best Buy credit card fraudulently using a fake drivers license and Social Security number," said Reinhard, in a statement.
Kelly's investigation also determined that Hosten was not working alone, Reinhard said. Two other men were operating a tan-colored, four door van and might be attempting to head back to New York.
Officer Jay Nye spotted a van matching that description on Cedar Bridge Avenue, near the Garden State Parkway entrance, and stopped it, along with Officer George Williams, said Reinhard.
Police positively identified two suspects, Michael Maguet, 24, of Brooklyn, and Jonathan Edouard, 21, of Middle Island, N.Y.
Hosten, Maguet and Edouard were all charged with knowingly possessing a fraudulent license, forgery, uttering a false document, falsifying a credit application, credit card fraud, identity theft and conspiracy.
It was later determined that Hosten was not a U.S. resident and was in the country on an expired visa, said Reinhard. Officials notified United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement about her arrest.
All three had bail set at $75,000 cash and were sent to the Ocean County Jail in lieu on bail.