Crime

Arrests in Fuquay-Varina phone-theft plot follow similar Morrisville case

Michael Kwaku Bosompemh
Michael Kwaku Bosompemh

A man and woman from Virginia are charged with running an identity-theft scheme that police say involved at least 50 victims and let them get $148,000 worth of Samsung cell phones from Sprint.

Marie Lahai Kamara, 23, and Michael Kwaku Bosompemh, 23, were arrested Wednesday morning.

Their arrests came a little more than two weeks after Morrisville police charged a Virginia man and a Brooklyn, N.Y, woman with a similar scheme involving Sprint customers and phones.

Fuquay-Varina police charged that the scheme they accused Bosompemh and Kamara of using to get the Samsung S8 phones began in early April.

Each of the two was charged with five counts of obtaining property by false pretense and five counts of identity theft.

Conspiracy charges accused Kamara and Bosompemh of working together to traffic in stolen identities with “more than 50 identifiable victims and Sprint.”

Bosompemh was arrested during a traffic stop at Maizefield and Trefoil lanes, near where police said he had been waiting to pick up a package of cell phones that had arrived at a house that was for sale and was not occupied by the person whose name was on the package.

In a statement, police said Kamara was charged at police headquarters, but they did not say where she had been taken into custody.

“The Sprint Corporation has incurred a combined loss (just from the Fuquay-Varina area) of just over $46,000 in the last two months,” the statement said.

“This case remains ongoing and may lead to additional charges and arrests of additional persons that have been involved in fraudulent activities in Wake County and possibly throughout N.C. and Virginia,” police said.

Kamara was listed as living in Woodbridge, Va.

In the Morrisville case, police said that they set up a sting operation May 22 after police had been getting reports that people were being charged for Sprint iPhones they had not ordered and never got.

The scheme was to order the phones for a customer whose identity had been stolen, then steal the phones from the victim’s home soon after they were delivered, detectives said.

Morrisville police charged Sasha Barnett, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., with felony larceny. They charged Deion Stantrell Brown, 25, of North Chesterfield, Va., with felony larceny, fleeing to elude police and driving without a license.

Bosompemh and Kamara were held in lieu of $1.5 million bail each.

Fuquay-Varina police had cited a Woodbridge address for Bosompemh, but he told booking officers at the Wake County Detention Center that he lived at a Norfolk, Va., address.

In the Morrisville case, Brown was being held Thursday on $100,000. Barnett had been freed on bail, records showed. Both are due in court June 13.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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