Sacto 9-1-1
June 2, 2010
Sacramento sheriff: Pair used stolen senator's credit card to buy pot

By Robert D. Dávila
bdavila@sacbee.com

Two people wanted on suspicion of using a Virginia state senator's stolen credit card information to buy medical marijuana in Sacramento have been arrested.

Bernell Bryan Washington (photo bottom left), 24, and Sky Manriquez (photo bottom right), 20, were charged in arrest warrants with identity theft. Washington also was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person.

Virginia state police contacted the California Highway Patrol in March with information that the Virginia lawmaker's personal information was being used in Sacramento.

The CHP notified the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, which investigated the case.

Washington and Manriquez used the lawmaker's personal information to open or take over multiple credit accounts in his name, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department news release.

Investigators serving a search warrant at a Fulton Avenue address used by the pair found receipts indicating they had used the fake accounts to buy medical marijuana, officials said.

Call The Bee's Robert D. Dávila, (916) 321-1077.

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