On December 2, 2014, the Anne Arundel County Police Department was contacted by the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) out of the Coast Guard Yard located at 2401 Hawkins Point Road in Curtis Bay in reference to a fraud scheme being conducted by 28-year-old Sterling Orlando Scott, a recently discharged military member. Eastern District detectives immediately began investigating and collaborating with Coast Guard Special Agents.
CGIS agents indicated that they received information from a Chief Warrant Officer on December 2, 2014, who reported receiving a phone call from an individual that identified himself as “Sergeant Major Reese from Army Emergency Relief” on December 2nd around 1:00 p.m.
The person claiming to be “Sergeant Major Reese” indicated that he had an Army member flying to Baltimore that needed emergency travel assistance. In addition, “Sergeant Major Reese” contacted the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Program at 2401 Hawkins Point Road in Curtis Bay asking for assistance for a soldier named “Orlando Scott”, whose wife was reportedly killed in a car accident. The person calling was believed to be the defendant posing as “Sergeant Major Reese”. CGIS agents had developed information that the individual posing as “Orlando Scott” was actually Sterling Orlando Scott who had committed similar schemes under that name at military installations in Galveston, Texas, Yorktown, Pennsylvania, Savannah Georgia and Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
On December 4, 2014, the suspect showed up at the Hawkins Point Road location to receive the funds approved for his alleged crisis. Once he signed for the funds, he was immediately taken into custody by detectives and agents conducting surveillance. The funds the suspect was attempting to fraudulently obtain are to be provided to active military members. Mr. Scott was discharged from the military in November.
Suspect: Sterling Orlando Scott, 28, of 700 Block of Ridge Circle, Chesapeake, VA. The suspect was charged with Theft, Fraud and Document Use to Imply Government Association.