Identity Theft Portia Parker Arrested

A Beverly Hills, Calif., woman faces identity theft charges after she obtained and used several fraudulent credit cards, including one belonging to a Lincolnshire victim, police said Monday.

Portia L. Parker, 40, of the 200 block of South Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, CA., is held in the San Bernardino County jail in California on a $250,000 bond, Lincolnshire Police Investigator John-Erik Anderson said.

Parker was arrested during an April 24 traffic stop by the Colton Police Department in California, Anderson said. During that stop, the Lincolnshire warrant for her arrest came up, she was taken into custody, and her car was searched.

From September 2011 through January 2012, Parker used a credit card registered to a Lincolnshire resident. At the time, Parker was serving as treasurer of Mega Body Management, Anderson said. Parker also used a credit card with the identification of a victim from Washington, Anderson said. In all, those two victims lost more than $100,000, police said.

Mega Body Management is a health fitness company operating in California since 2009, the website bizapedia states.

Parker waived extradition to Illinois from California, Anderson said.

Anderson said the ongoing investigation involves Lincolnshire Police and is assisted by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, Colton Police Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Police, and the United States Postal Inspection Service

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