On 4/24/19, at approximately 3:10 p.m., 27-year-old Zinara Tiana Watson, went to a jewelry store and attempted to open an account using a fake ID that was falling apart. Police responded to the incident and arrested Watson. After Watson was brought to the police station she said an unidentified man in Philadelphia, PA provided her with the fake ID and a social security card. Watson claimed the man instructed her to buy the most expensive necklace after opening an account using the fraudulent documents. The unidentified man told Watson she would be paid $250 for every $1,000 in jewelry purchased.

A few hours after the incident involving Watson, police were called to the store again for a similar case with another woman. Alexis Santana, 21, ran from the store after a store employee said they needed further authorization after she provided a fake ID. Watson and Santana were charged with forgery, identity theft, tampering with records and retail theft.


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