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 October 30th, 2013  
Broward County man faces 96 identity theft charges, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
A traffic stop on I-95 near Midway Road in St. Lucie County landed a 27-year-old Broward County in jail facing 96 criminal charges related to identity theft, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"We have charged Jeffrey Alexander Martin, of Pembroke Pines, with 48 counts of credit card fraud, one count of trafficking in counterfeited credit cards and 47 counts fraudulent use of another person's identity without that person's consent, as well as one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession," Sheriff Mascara said. "His bond at time of arrest was $372,000."

Deputies saw Martin driving a white Dodge Avenger in the northbound lanes of I-95 too close to a box truck and travelling too fast for conditions, and swerving into the middle lane, forcing another motorist out of his lane.

When they stopped Martin, they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from his car. He told deputies he was on his way to his grandmother's funeral in Orlando, though he was not wearing appropriate clothing for a funeral. Martin handed deputies a bag containing less than 20 grams of marijuana. Martin made no further statements until he could speak to an attorney.

Deputies conducted an inventory search of Martin's car and found 48 gift cards. Deputies used a card scanner to determine that the credit card numbers and associated names matching the numbers. These did not match Martin's name or credit card numbers.

Deputies will meet with federal authorities to continue their investigation.

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