Jul. 25--A Harford County man is being held on $100,000 bail on charges that he ran up the credit card of a New Jersey woman he had met on the Internet and persuaded her to give him her card number, according to Maryland State Police. Authorities said they suspect the man has victimized others in Maryland and other states.
Bradley Lee Handy, 43, of the 600 block of Pier Drive in Edgewood, was arrested earlier this week at a gas station on Interstate 95 near Route 24 after a search by state police who said they obtained an arrest warrant more than two years ago. He befriended the New Jersey woman in April 2006; police had been searching for him since the warrant was issued. He is charged with theft.
Police said in a statement that the New Jersey woman had befriended Handy through an Internet chat room and agreed to pay a portion of his outstanding bill to a Westminster-based limousine company. She later learned, police said, that the man had allegedly used her credit card number to buy other merchandise, and she called authorities.
Police said they searched in 2006 Handy's house in Bel Air and found numerous documents that allude to possible aliases and credit card information from several other people.
The motive, police said, was for the suspect "to meet female victims on line and then exploit them after gaining their trust. He would ultimately gain access to their credit card accounts and personal information and place significant charges on their accounts, sometimes without their knowledge."
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