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Fraud identity theft ring in Tyler, on-going investigation

KETK
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 10:47pm

The investigation continues in a fraud identity theft ring in Tyler. In fact, several arrests were made on Wednesday.

In the last four months feds and local police  have been putting pieces together from several identity theft reports from 2012.
Tyler Police tell KETK, Crimestoppers played a big role in cracking this case wide open.

Don Martin, Public Information Officer for Tyler Police says, they have arrested 21 suspects, who are stealing identity of a reported 45 victims in the Tyler area.

Tyler Police and county agencies are cracking down on a fraud identity theft ring.

Don martin tells KETK, they believe there are two or three ring leaders in this organization.

"That had family members and friends and friends of friends that were all involved. They were going to websites that you can obtain a loan on the website as long as you had all the correct information which the identity that is stolen," says Don Martin, Tyler Police.

Tyler Police arrested four suspects on Wednesday. They are identified as Brandon Sessions, Jessica Osborn, Michael Hunter and one suspect Derrick Griffith turned himself in.

A total of ten arrests have been made mostly in the Tyler area, and there are eleven suspects at large.

Martin tells KETK, when the suspects received the loans, they went to banks and opened accounts and they had the money wired to their account.

"We are looking at an excessive an excessive $70,000 that we know of at this point of time that has been obtained by these false loans," says Don Martin.

He says people need to be aware of this case and if any of these suspects look familiar to call Tyler Police or Crimestoppers.

"We always recommend people to go to their banking websites, look at their accounts to see if there is anything on there that shouldn't be," says Don Martin.

For more information and for photos of the suspects please click on the KETKnbc.com link below.

 

 

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