Dick Saslaw, Senate Majority Leader has been bombard with telephone calls about the recently published report about identity thieves buying many items with his credit card number, including medical marijuana. The Senator insists it was not him who bought pot with his credit card. They thieves apparently used his American Express to buy medical marijuana worth $225. "I'm 70 years old," Sen. Richard Saslaw said to Virginia with ABC News 10 "I'm past the generation that used to do that."
Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force along with the California Highway Patrol solved the crime. The Senator realized something was wrong with his credit card when it did not work back in March. He immediately reported to the Virginia State Police.
Saslaw agreed to be on an interview with a Sacramento radio station under the request of the California authorities and has been receiving constant calls from Fox and Other network news channels.
The California State Highway Patrol is on the lookout for the identity thieves in Sacramento. Saslaw said they thieves tried to take many cards at once but failed. "They were persistent," he said.
Officials said two other lawmakers in the Virginia legislature also were victims like he is to "skimming" which is stealing the information on the magnetic stripe of credit cards while they were at a restaurant.
The police departments involved with the investigation said the two suspects 21 year old Sky Manriquez, Hispanic Female, Black Hair, Brown Eyes, 5-00, 135 and 24 year old Bernell Bryan Washington, Black male, Black hair, Brown eyes, 5-10, 175, are still on the run and have changed Saslaw`s home address from Virginia to Fulton Avenue in Sacramento, California.
Saslaw thanked and praised the Virginia and California police departments for their quick work and dedication. "They were really very efficient," he added.
The suspects bought items at McDonalds, Twisted (One Stop Smoke Shop), Denny's, Johnny Rockets, US Search, and Fruitridge Heath and Wellness Collective. Fruitridge Health and Wellness Collective is where they bought $225 worth medical marijuana and Washington is suspected to have a prescription.
The Senator belive his credit card was stolen while he was at a restaurant in Northern Virginia. "That's California for you," he said. "You can buy pot on a credit card." The thieves also supposedly bought smoking paraphernalia. Warrants have been issued for $60,000 and Manriquez has a $25,000 warrant for identity theft.