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200 Fake Credit Cards Set Off Bomb Detector at Midway, Prosecutors Say

By Erica Demarest | April 1, 2016 6:21am | Updated on April 1, 2016 10:22am
 Daquator Lane, 25, is charged with forgery and possession of counterfeit credit cards.
Daquator Lane, 25, is charged with forgery and possession of counterfeit credit cards.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Officials looking for a bomb at Midway Airport were in for a surprise this week when they instead found 200 fake credit cards wrapped in socks and stuffed in shoes, prosecutors said.

Authorities believe the mass of magnetic strips attached to the cards set off a bomb detector about 6 a.m. Tuesday when Daquator Lane, 25, went through airport security.

The Near West Side woman had stuffed 200 counterfeit credit cards and gift cards into socks, which were then placed in shoes, prosecutors said.

When she was arrested, Lane "asked detectives what she could've done better to get away with it," Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said during a bond hearing this week.

Lane was on her way to Atlanta when she was detained by airport security about 6 a.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Lane allegedly told authorities her sister just had a baby and that she hoped to buy the baby gifts using the cards. According to Antonietti, Lane confessed to paying $200 for the 200 cards.

In all, there were 112 gift cards, 78 debit cards in Lane's name and 10 debit cards in other people's names, court records show. The re-encoded cards were from retailers or banks such as Target, Chase and Citibank.

Lane, of the 1100 block of West Washburne Avenue, is charged with identity theft and possession of counterfeit credit cards.

Lane is currently on probation for identity theft.

Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil said Lane could be released on her own recognizance pending trial.

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