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Constable Announces Identity Thief's Plea
Montgomery County, TX
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX- On March 23, 2021, a Deputy with Precinct 1 Constable Philip Cash’s Office stopped a vehicle on Interstate 45 near Shepard Hill. An investigation revealed the driver, identified as Babarinde Benjamin, was employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a Correctional Officer.  Benjamin was found to be in possession of numerous credit cards, prepaid debit cards with other individual’s names on them, along with approximately $51,000 dollars in cash.  Benjamin was arrested for an unrelated warrant and transported to the Montgomery County Jail without incident.

On August 1, 2023, Benjamin pleaded guilty to Precinct 1 charges of FRAUDULENT USE OR POSSESSION OF CREDIT CARD OR DEBIT CARD INFORMATION (Texas Penal Code Sec. 32.315) with a punishment of 5 years probation; along with the seizure/forfeiture of the monies and credit/debit cards.

Constable Cash wishes to remind everyone it is easy to become a victim of Identity Fraud. As in this case, numerous victims only found out their information had been compromised after Precinct 1 Investigators contacted them.

Constable Cash wishes to remind you Identity theft can happen to anyone, but you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim by taking these steps to protect yourself.

• Keep personal information secure online and offline;
• Monitor your credit reports, bank and credit accounts;
• Ask questions before you share your information with anyone.

Babarinde O. Benjamin

DOB: 10-27-1981

Richmond Texas

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