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