Two men from metro Atlanta were arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office this weekend after they allegedly attempted to use a fake driver’s identification to buy phones on a real Verizon Wireless customer’s account.
According to a sheriff’s office incident report, at about 4 p.m. Sunday, two men entered the Verizon Wireless store at 2637 Peachtree Parkway in south Forsyth, approached the counter and allegedly presented a New Jersey driver’s license to the clerk, asking to “purchase a phone and have it charged to the account” of a provided number.
The report states that the clerk became suspicious because the suspects were attempting to use a New Jersey driver’s license at a Georgia store for a Verizon Wireless account based out of Arizona, and called 911 with the information.
Deputies responding to the store arrived in time to see the two men, Abdur Rahmaan Hill, 28, and Armand Anthony Gabriele, 31, exit the store. Gabriele was arrested immediately outside the store, and Hill was taken into custody after a brief foot chase with deputies.
According to the report, both men were allegedly found with similar fake driver’s licenses on their person, but Hill was identified by the clerk as the suspect that had attempted to use it.
A deputy stated in the report that they later discovered that the name and phone number on Hill’s fake ID was associated with a real person living in Arizona. That person was also alerted by the deputy that his information was allegedly being used fraudulently.
Hill has been charged with identity fraud and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Gabriele has been charged with being party to a crime.
Both were booked into the Forsyth County Jail but were released a short time later on bond.