One of my friends Michelle, has a room mate who was a victim of this bitch, and thought it would be a good idea to let as many people know about her as possible, just in case she has more victims out there.
Something tells me she is going to be really popular with the ladies in prison!
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — Manhattan Beach detectives tracked down and arrested a woman they say is a prolific identity thief, wanted for crimes in at least three states.
Police were able to determine the true identity of a woman who called herself “Gia Hendricks,” in an investigation into several reports that she has stolen the identities of others to buy things with their credit cards, according to a news release issued by the Manhattan Beach Police Department. The woman’s real name is Maria Christina Johnson, 40, according to the news release.
“It’s her charm,” said Chris Hainka, Johnson’s husband, who also claims to be among her victims. “She can get anything she wants.”
Hainka met Johnson on the Internet a year ago. They were married in january after dating for eight months. Four months later, Hainka kicked Johnson out after she allegedly stole thousands of dollars from him and his friends.
“I could not believe it,” he said.
Johnson, who is wanted in Oregon and Washington on suspicion of identity theft crimes, often posed as a wealthy person who ran a modeling agency to befriend unsuspecting people before using their identities to gain cash and property, officials said.
Johnson also served a two-year prison stint in Washington for charges similar to the ones she will face in California.
Johnson also allegedly claimed to be associated with the Hendrick Motorsports Racing Team by using her assumed name. Having no known permanent address or vehicle, she would use the people she met to find places to stay, police said.
Last month, a Manhattan Beach resident met Johnson at a bar in Hermosa Beach and took her home, said Mike Rosenberger, detective for the Manhattan Beach Police Department. The following morning, after dropping her off, the man noticed that his credit card was missing. A few days later, he discovered charges totaling about $9,000 on his missing card.
Johnson allegedly bought clothing, shoes and jewelry, spending $2,000 at a clothing store, $700 on a bicycle in Hermosa Beach, and purchased bottle service at 12th and Highland in Manhattan Beach. For a $150 bill at the Strand House restaurant, she tipped $100, Rosenberger said.
While on her shopping spree, Johnson had been staying with another woman in Hermosa Beach. The woman, realizing she may have been a victim of Johnson’s, contacted the Manhattan Beach man, Rosenberger said.
Manhattan Beach police arrested Johnson Tuesday in Hollywood on suspicion of forgery and burglary. She is being held at the Manhattan Beach Police Department jail facility. Her bail was set at $80,000. She has been arrested in the past for identity theft, forgery, theft, bail jumping and fraud.
Johnson is due in court Thursday, where she will likely enter some kind of plea.
Anyone with more information on Johnson is urged to call Manhattan Beach police at 310-802-5127.