World’s Dumbest Criminals

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Wanted for Identity Theft CC#17-405480

A Brooklyn couple vying for a spot on “World’s Dumbest Criminals” stole a credit card and used it to pay for a thrill-seeking adventure — including a video of the experience that led to their arrest, police said.

“For them to use a stolen credit card for skydiving, then get the video-and-photo package, it was certainly brazen,” Suffolk Police Chief Stuart Cameron said of Abass Ibrahim, 21, and Maryam Burkes, 19.

“Not only do you see their pictures, but you hear them speak and see their mannerisms, which made it much easier to identify them.”


The diving package included a video of the experience, which the couple proudly posed for, answering questions to an off-camera instructor and throwing thumbs up signs to the lens from 10,000 feet in the air.

“I’m scared and I’m excited,” Burkes says in the clip.

Ibrahim was more cavalier.

“I just want to get it over with. I’m not really scared, I just want to get the feeling out already,” the thrill-seeker tells the camera man, who asks him if he likes “risk.”

“Yeah,” Ibrahim nods. “I take risks.”


When a Sky Dive worker realized the fraudulent charges on the account, police headed to the company’s office and found the video.

Earlier this month, cops posted the video and photos online and sent them to media outlets.

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Mark Pollard, Ibrahim’s lawyer, said his client saw his photo on ABC News before the duo turned themselves in to Suffolk County police Tuesday around 5 p.m.

At their arraignment, Pollard said his client is a college student studying computer engineering who “has everything to lose.”

“He is a good kid. He is a college student who attends school in Buffalo. He has no priors. He has never done anything like that before. He has a real future ahead of him and he deserves a second chance.”


Future affirmitive action hires regardless of what crimes they committed so why not live it up?



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