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Baltimore man faces 107 charges in alleged credit card fraud; victim from Harford

July 22, 2014

By Erika Butler, The Aegis, Bel Air, Md.

July 22--A Baltimore man was arrested recently and charged with stealing a Harford County woman's credit card information and, over a period of about a month, making more than $1,100 worth of unauthorized charges.

Dominic Jamal Hopkins, 26, of the 1500 block of Leslie Street, is facing 107 charges of theft, using someone else's credit card information and theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000 in connection with allegedly taking the woman's information and recoding the magnetic strip on another card to use as his own.

The thefts happened in July and August of last year. A warrant issued in June for Hopkins arrest was served July 10. He was held at the Harford County Detention Center on $10,000 bail, which he posted July 16. On Monday, he was arrested in Baltimore City and charged with possession of marijuana and less than 10 grams of marijuana, according to online court records, and was released on $2,500 bail.

During a bail review hearing in the credit card case last week in Harford County District Court, Hopkins, who has a 6-year-old and 2-week-old, told the judge "I just want to go home."

"I'm no threat to my community. I'm just doing what I have to do. I want to give back to my community. I just want to chill, hang low, love my daughter, love my family," Hopkins, who has six previous convictions and has failed to appear in court seven times, said.

The alleged fraudulent purchases on the Harford woman's credit card began on July 19, 2013, when Hopkins first tried to use two other credit cards, issued to two other women, that were declined, at Target in Silver Spring. When they were declined, he used the Harford woman's card, allegedly charging $130.36. He allegedly used the same card three other times the same day at stores in Security Square Mall -- Piercing Pagoda, $26.49, A&D Buffalo, $22.63 and Checkers, $14.51.

Every few days until Aug. 14, 2013, Hopkins allegedly used the woman's card 25 times at various stores and restaurants in Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Baltimore City. He also allegedly paid a Boost Mobile bill for $58.30.

The most expensive purchase was at Bo Brooks for $115.95. The most frequent purchase was at Subway, where Hopkins allegedly charged $8.79 on July 20, $6.04 and $15.48 on July 23 at two different restaurants, $6.67 and $7.20 at the same restaurant on July 25, $7.79 on Aug. 2 and $7.79 on Aug. 11.

Burger King and other restaurants, as well as gas stations, were other alleged frequent uses.

The Harford woman still had her credit card in her possession, according to charging documents. Video surveillance from several stores showed Hopkins used her card information recoded on the magnetic strip, which had been done using a recoder/skimming device, according to the charging documents. The card had been issued by Chesapeake Bank of Maryland in Harford County.

A Harford County Sheriff's Office investigator familiar with the case said Tuesday they have not established when and where the credit card information was obtained.


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