A man from Maryland has pleaded guilty to offering rides to intoxicated people and then using their ATM cards to withdraw money from their bank accounts.
Nyerere Mitchell of Clinton plead guilty in D.C. Superior Court to five counts of felony fraud, and now faces up to 50 years in prison when he sentenced for the scheme that prosecutors say netted him more than $200,000.
Mitchell was accused of picking up people he believed were intoxicated for more than four years, frequenting the neighborhoods of Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Foggy Bottom, and Chinatown in D.C. He would then ask the riders for their ATM cards so he could withdraw money to pay for their supposed fare.
But prosecutors say Mitchell would withdraw far more money than necessary, and in many cases pocketed the ATM cards without their owners noticing and then take out even more money. When police searched his home, they found 205 debit cards belonging to other people.
Surveillance video also showed that Mitchell would wear women's wigs and padded breasts so that his victims would believe he was a woman.