Update May 29, 2021: According to court records, police began to build their latest case against Marlon Baymon after A 54-year-old woman got into his car on the 3700 block of North Broadway thinking he was her Lyft driver around 10:30 p.m. on March 1.
Baymon allegedly told the woman, “My Lyft app is not working, so I will need your ATM card and PIN.” She complied. Shortly after Baymon dropped her off at home, she received two alerts from Chase Bank saying someone had withdrawn $800 from her account at a nearby ATM, the police report said.
CPD detectives reviewed surveillance images from the bank and recognized Baymon because they had arrested him before for similar crimes, according to the report. Investigators subsequently linked Baymon to similar cases that were filed on:
- The 1900 block of West Division around 8:30 p.m. February 10
- The 400 block of North Orleans around 2 a.m. on February 13
- The 4600 block of North Dover around 12:07 a.m. February 27
- The 2600 block of North Wilton around 1:30 a.m. on February 28
- The 700 block of West Buckingham at 8:30 p.m. on March 16
- The first block of North Morgan around 5:45 p.m. on March 20
- The 1500 block of North Milwaukee at 11 p.m. on March 29
- The 3500 block of North Clark at 7 p.m. on April 4
On April 11, cops used a GPS tracker hidden on Baymon’s car to follow him as he picked up riders and took them to residential areas before proceeding to ATMs where he made withdrawals, the police report said. Police arrested him later that day as he exited the ATM lobby at Chase Tower in the Loop. He was carrying $2,540 and debit cards belonging to four different people, police said in an arrest report.
CWB readers may remember Lance and Marlon Baymon, the brothers who’ve both been sent to prison for posing as ride-share drivers and then emptying the bank accounts of unwitting passengers who give them debit cards to pay for rides.
On Monday, prosecutors charged Marlon Baymon with pulling the same scam to steal more than $13,000 from the bank accounts of six victims since March 1. He’s still on parole from the last time he got convicted of running the ruse.
During previous court appearances, prosecutors said the Baymon brothers’ victims get into their car thinking they are ride-share drivers. When they get to their destination, the brothers claim the app is malfunctioning and insist on getting a debit card from their victims, according to past allegations.
They allegedly swipe the cards on a phone and make victims enter their PINs — information they later used to access the victims’ money, according to prosecutors. Most often, the brothers allegedly return a card that looks like the victims’ while keeping their actual card to make withdrawals.
On Monday, prosecutors laid out new allegations of operating a continuing financial crimes enterprise against Marlon Baymon. They said all of the alleged victims rode in Baymon’s car thinking he was a ride-share driver.
On March 2, he allegedly withdrew $800 from one account, and the victim notified police. Detectives obtained surveillance images of the person who conducted the transaction and immediately recognized Baymon, prosecutors said.
A judge gave police permission to install a tracker on Baymon’s car as they continued their investigation.
Using the tracker, bank surveillance images, and other techniques, detectives connected him to at least 24 fraudulent withdrawals from six victims during April, prosecutors told Judge David Navarro.
In addition to being on parole for his previous ride-share scam, Baymon is also on probation for identity theft. He’s been to prison repeatedly since 2001 for theft, robbery, misuse of credit cards, and operating a continuing financial crime enterprise, according to state records.
Judge Navarro ordered Baymon held without bail for violating the terms of probation on Monday. If Baymon becomes eligible to post bond, he’ll need to pay a $5,000 deposit to get out of jail on the new charges, Navarro said.
His brother, Lance, is already in Cook County jail. Lance is being held without bail after a judge sentenced him to four years in prison for scamming four people out of $24,000 after picking them up in his phony Uber around downtown nightlife districts.