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Two suspects are behind bars after allegedly using stolen identities to rent construction equipment from Maspeth stores and sell it on the streets.

Police arrested the defendants, Tanisha Ortega, 27, and Dominique Corley, 27, on July 26 more than two months after a forklift rented from RP Rentals on 60th Lane was never returned.

According to the criminal complaint provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, a woman who identified herself as Rachel Walker called RP Rentals on May 6 asking to rent the forklift. The woman completed the rental agreement for the forklift valued at more than $3,000, provided a contact phone number and a credit card that was charged $1,194 for a one-week rental.

On May 7, an employee for RP Rentals delivered the forklift to Tinton Avenue in the Bronx where Corley allegedly signed for the delivery. On May 14 when the same employee returned to pick up the forklift because the rental had expired, no one was at the location and the forklift was missing, court records show.

RP Rentals received another call from a woman identifying herself as Rachel Walker on June 22, this time interested in renting a Bobcat loader. Court records show that the woman completed a rental agreement for the Bobcat using a different phone number and different credit card to be charged $1,846.63 for a one-week rental beginning on June 27.

The owner of the store, recognizing Rachel Walker as the same woman who rented the missing forklift, did not charge the credit card for the Bobcat transaction, according to the criminal complaint.

One day prior, however, Bobcat of New York on Maurice Avenue also received an order for a Bobcat loader from a Rachel Walker on June 21, court records show. The woman completed the rental agreement, provided a New York driver’s license bearing the name Rachel Walker, a phone number and another different credit card that was declined. The woman then provided yet another credit card that was charged $1,971.73 for a one-week rental of the Bobcat, which is valued at $30,618.12, according to the criminal complaint.

The Bobcat was delivered to a Bronx Park South location on June 27, and several calls to the renter after the July 2 return date went unanswered before the phone was eventually disconnected, court records show.

That same day, the employee from RP Rentals who dropped off the forklift in May went to the Bronx location where the woman who identified herself as Rachel Walker requested the Bobcat be delivered, according to the complaint. While there, he observed a silver Honda Accord allegedly driven by Ortega with Corley in the passenger seat.

The employee witnessed Corley get out of the car, and Ortega then drove the car around the block and parked at another location, court records show. The employee drove his vehicle around to where Ortega was parked, called the phone number from the rental agreement and witnessed Ortega answer the phone. When the employee asked her to repeat the credit card number given with the rental agreement, Ortega allegedly did not have the card with her, according to the complaint.

When the employee pulled away and drove past where Corley was waiting, he recognized him as the same man who allegedly signed for the forklift in May, records show.

Upon further investigation, police discovered that the Bobcat loader rented from Bobcat of New York had a GPS system on it that showed the vehicle was in Hopewell Junction, New York. When police conducted a search warrant at the location on July 9, they found the Bobcat and the forklift from the May rental, records show.

A man at that location told police that he purchased the forklift and Bobcat from Ortega somewhere in the Bronx, according to the criminal complaint.

In total, Ortega and Corley used or attempted to use at least four different credit cards to make the equipment purchases, none of which belonged to them or anyone named Rachel Walker, records show.

Ortega and Corley have been charged with grand larceny in the third degree, nine counts of identity theft in the first degree, attempted grand larceny in the third degree, three counts of scheme to defraud in the first degree and three counts of unlawful possession of personal identification information.

In addition, Ortega was hit with a second set of charges for the Bobcat theft, including grand larceny in the third degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree, six counts of identity theft in the first degree, scheme to defraud in the first degree and unlawful possession of personal identification information.

Corley is currently being held on $25,000 bond or $10,000 cash bail, and Ortega is being held on $20,000 bond or $10,000 cash bail combined for her two cases. Both are due back in court on Aug. 7.

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