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Chicago Women Were Vegas-Bound with Fake Credit Cards, Prosecutors Say

By Emily Morris | May 5, 2013 5:52pm | Updated on May 6, 2013 3:14pm
 The four women were arrested at O'Hare Airport.
Four Women Charged with Identity Theft
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COOK COUNTY COURTHOUSE — Four Chicago women were heading to Las Vegas with counterfeit credit cards and designer shoes, bags and jewelry when they were busted at O'Hare Airport on Friday, according to prosecutors and court documents.

The women were arrested by the U.S. Secret Service as they attempted to board a flight purchased with a counterfeit Discover credit card, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dibler said during a Sunday bond hearing.

After a search, each woman was found with one or more credit cards carrying information stolen from multiple victims, Dibler said. Some of the information was stolen from Sam's Club grocery store members, Dibler said.

The women also were found with multiple designer items, such as Louis Vuitton bags, Gucci shoes, a Michael Kors watch, a Dolce & Gabbana watch and more, according to court documents.

Tabitha A Harris, 36, was charged with aggravated identity theft.

Saunsierica L. Duncan, who also goes by Erica and "Sonzi," was charged with identity theft. Court documents state the 19-year-old is employed by DePaul University, though a spokeswoman with the university said Duncan has never worked for the school.

Also charged with identity theft were Latonya Darwish, also known as Latonya McDonald, 37, and Mahogany Banks, 21.

Bail for Harris was set at $50,000 on Sunday, while bail for Duncan was set at $25,000, bail for Darwish was set at $75,000 and bail for Banks was set at $40,000.