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Photo Credit: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF

ANOTHER CVP EXCLUSIVE: More than 40 counts involving identity theft have been brought against two Fort Lee men who authorities saud drained $100,000 in cash from the bank accounts of nearly a dozen victims.

The case began with the July 10 discovery of a car rented with bogus credit cards in a parking garage at the Windsor Apartments overlooking the George Washington Bridge, where Shuron Reed and Khalid J. Sumbry, both 22, live.

Detectives TJ Cullen and Cory Horton discovered more than 40 bogus withdrawals made from Wells Fargo Bank branches in various towns throughout the state, Police Chief Keith Bendul said at the time.

They alerted agents from Homeland Security Investigations (Newark) and H.I.D.T.A. Group 5 (West Paterson), who joined the investigation, he said.

On July 29, Fort Lee detectives and the federal agents executed a search warrant at the Central Road apartment off Bruce Reynolds Boulevard and found “numerous fraudulent driver’s licenses, credit cards, and blank checks” used in the various thefts, the chief said.

They also seized a Jimenez Arms .380-caliber handgun with a defaced serial number, Bendul said.

Sumbry was found in Brooklyn and arrested as a fugitive from justice. Detectives said he was carrying 15 different driver’s licenses in various names and states, with his picture on each. They also recovered 20 fraudulent credit cards in names matching the fake licenses, they said.

Sumbry “had the fraudulent licenses and credit cards made in the names of Wells Fargo customers so he could access their accounts and make cash withdrawals,” Bendul said.

Sumbry ( above, left ) has remained held in the Bergen County Jail on $150,000 bail — reduced from an original $750,000 — since being extradited and transferred there from Brooklyn. U.S. Marshals have put a detainer on him.

Reed ( above, right ) was released on $5,000 bail a day after his Dec. 1 extradition to Bergen County.

The indictment alleges dozens of counts of theft by deception and trafficking in the personal identification of others, as well as having bogus documents (including driver’s licenses), a bogus credit card reader, blank credit cards, blank checks and the gun — which it says was bought in Fort Lee.

The indictment also says victimized individuals and banks come from towns that include Dumont, Englewood, Hasbrouck Heights Lodi, Mahwah, Ramsey and Rutherford, as well as Hoboken, West New York, North Bergen, Union City and Glen Ridge, Chatham, Florham Park and Morristown.


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