Serial thief who poses as an Uber driver gets prison time. Again.

Lance Baymon in 2019 (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A man who has been convicted time and time again of stealing people’s credit cards while posing as an Uber driver in Chicago’s nightlife districts is back in prison for a while. Lance Baymon, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft in exchange for the 4-year sentence from Judge Shelley Sutker-Dermer.

The case started early on January 30, 2023, when he picked up a man outside a nightclub and drove him to the 6300 block of North Oakley, prosecutors said. Following the same scam he has used for years, Baymon allegedly convinced the victim to hand over a credit card for payment, then returned a different card. Past victims of Baymon have told police he needed a credit card for payment because the Uber or Lyft app was malfunctioning.

Video captured Baymon using the victim’s credit card for purchases about 45 minutes after he dropped him off. Chicago police detectives who are familiar with Baymon identified him from the footage.

Investigators flagged Baymon’s license plate in the Chicago Police Department’s license plate reader database. And around 2:45 a.m. Friday, the system got a hit on his car as it traveled in River North.

When cops pulled Baymon over near Ontario and Franklin, there was an intoxicated bar patron in his back seat—a man he had just picked up on Hubbard Street, according to police records. The man told police that his friend had ordered the Uber for him, but his Uber app indicated that he should have been in a different car and that the real Uber driver had canceled his ride. While searching Baymon’s car, police found four debit cards in the center console, each issued to a different man, prosecutors said.

Baymon was on parole at the time of his arrest last year for running a similar scam. He was convicted of identity theft in 2019, theft in 2017, identity theft in 2016, and misuse of a credit card twice in 2005, according to IDOC records. He’s scheduled to be paroled next May.

Rideshare swindling is somewhat of a family business for Baymon. His brother, Marlon, is on parole for doing the same thing.

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