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PD: Founder of anti-illegal immigration group AZ Patriots arrested for identity theft in Surprise

Posted: 1:27 PM, Oct 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-28 16:31:34-04
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SURPRISE, AZ — The founder of an anti-illegal immigration group known as the AZ Patriots has been arrested for identity theft by Surprise police.

Jennifer Marie Harrison, 43, was arrested Thursday morning at her home near 75th Avenue and Cactus Road. Surprise police say their investigation began October 2, when Harrison's ex mother- and father-in-law called saying Harrison booked a hotel room using their reward points.

Harrison allegedly used 45,000 reward points to purchase a hotel reservation in Northern California so she could attend a rock music festival.

Upon her arrest, she reportedly admitted to using the points without permission.

Police say she made a scene, using profanity and kicking over garbage cans at Surprise police headquarters. Court documents quote police as saying, "she feels she's above the law."

Harrison describes herself as a "citizen-journalist documenting and reporting human trafficking and investigating women and children being smuggled through the country by criminal organizations."

The AZ Patriots have been seen protesting immigration rallies and have been accused of harassing Valley churches.

Harrison was released shortly after her arrest, and her next court appearance is scheduled for November 6.