Three Charged After Investigation into Fraud Scheme Attempting to Release Inmate from Jail
Loudoun County, VA (January 6, 2022) –A Maryland woman and an inmate at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center have been charged in a scheme where court documents were forged in an attempt to falsely release the inmate from jail.
The investigation began in November 2021 after the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center’s Records Section received a faxed disposition for an inmate’s release that appeared to be sent by the Prince William County Clerk of the Circuit Court. The document was determined to be fake, to include the forging of a judge’s signature.
In December 2021, the Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court received a separate forged document of an amended probation document for the same inmate that appeared to be from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Corrections and Parole. This document was also determined to be fraudulent, including the forging of the signature.
As a result of the investigation conducted by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Section, the inmate, Deontre A. Thomas, 31 of Washington, DC, was charged with two counts of Accessory to Forge a Public Record, two counts of Accessory to Utter of Public Record, two counts of Conspire with another to Forge a Public Record, two counts of Identity Theft, and Attempt to Escape Confinement or Custody without Force of a Person Lawfully Confined in Jail.
Arinicea Johnson, 28, of Capital Heights, MD, was charged with two counts of Forging a Public Record, two counts of Uttering of a Public Record, two counts of Identity Theft, two counts of Conspiracy on the Attempt Escape of a Person Lawfully Detained as a Prisoner and Attempt to Escape Confinement or Custody without Force of a Person lawfully confined in jail.
Additionally, a second woman, Ty Yonna N. Hopkins, 31, of Washington, DC, later called the Prince William County Circuit Clerk’s Office to assist the inmate with inquiring about the disposition notice sent to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. She was charged with Accessory After the Fact by Receiving, Relieving, or Assisting After Knowing that Such Person had Committed a Completed Felony.
Thomas remains held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond. Both Johnson and Hopkins turned themselves over to authorities on January 5, 2022. Johnson is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond. Hopkins was released on a personal recognizance bond.