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UPDATE: More arrests made in large Tyler ID theft ring

UPDATE: More arrests made in large Tyler ID theft ring
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:35pm

UPDATE: Tyler Police have released more information about how the identity theft ring was operating.

Authorities say the people involved were using their victims' stolen information to obtain loans online, then were able to transfer that money into their own bank accounts. Tyler Police were able to track the people through the transfer transactions.

More than $75,000 was stolen in total.

KETK will have more information on this investigation throughout the day.


UPDATE:  Additional arrests have been made in connection to the large identity theft ring in Tyler.

Police tell KETK, they arrested four more suspects on Wednesday. They have been identified as: Brandon Sessions, Jessica Osborn, Michael Hunter, and Derrick Griffith.

Griffith turned himself in to Tyler Police on Wednesday afternoon.

   
Michael Hunter, Jessica Osborn, Brandon Sessions, Derrick Griffith

Police are still looking for the following people. If you have any information on their whereabouts, please contact Tyler Police:

  1. Demarcus Osborn, B/M, 11/12/1989, of Tyler.
  2. Kachada Webb, B/F, 09/25/1989, of Tyler.
  3. Lashundra Harris, B/F, 12/29/1991, of Tyler.
  4. Tevin King, B/M, 01/07/1994, of San Antonio. (NOT PICTURED)
  5. Roderick Taylor II, B/M, 05/06/1988, of Tyler.
  6. Christopher Pipkins, B/M, 12/10/1988, of Tyler.
  7. Britani Anderson, B/F, 09/08/1985, of Jacksonville. (NOT PICTURED)
  8. Michael Earl, B/M, 09/30/1989, of Tyler.
  9. James Miller Jr., B/M, 10/25/1983, of Tyler.

  
Christopher Pipkins, DeMarcus Osborn

  
James Miller, Kachada Webb, Lashundra Harris

 
Michael Earl, Roderick Taylor


ORIGINAL STORY: A four month Fraud investigation conducted by investigators of the Tyler Police Department, FBI and other County and local police agencies has led to a numerous suspects being charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.

Investigators were contacted since January, 2013 by 45 victims who stated that their identity was fraudulently used stemming back to 2012.

The suspects were going on-line and obtaining multiple loans, using the victims’ identities, and have the funds transferred into the suspect’s bank accounts that they had set up. The victims were not aware of the fictitious loans in their names until they were contacted by the loan company for default of payment.

Investigators have identified 21 suspects at this time, who are predominately from Tyler, for their involvement in the fraud scheme. The most recent arrest was made Wednesday morning around 9:45 a.m., in the 700 block of S. Peach St. Officers found Michael Hunter hiding inside a house there. He was taken to the Smith County Jail and booked in on the outstanding felony warrant.

Investigators have obtained arrest warrants on these suspects for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, a first degree felony. Bond has been set at $750,000 on each suspect.

Tyler Police have arrested the following people so far:

  1. Kedarius Oliver, B/M, 10/4/1993, of Tyler Arrested (NOT PICTURED)
  2. Shavonda Jones, B/M, 12/30/1984, of Tyler Arrested
  3. Russell Lowrie, B/M, 06/03/1991, of Tyler. Arrested
  4. Demarciar Nelson, B/M, 02/09/1989, of Tyler. Arrested
  5. Chartyll McCullough, B/F, 02/17/1990, of Tyler. Arrested
  6. Kendallyn Adams, B/M, 09/05/1974, of Jacksonville. Arrested
  7. Kimberly Stewart, B/F, 07/13/1985, of Tyler. Arrested
  8. Desidre Harris, B/F, 05/20/1995, of Tyler. Arrested
  9. Michael Hunter, B/M, 01/07/1989, of Tyler. Arrested

  
Chartyll McCullough, DeMarciar Nelson, Desidre Harris

  
Kendallyn Adams, Kimberly Stewart, Russell Lowrie


Shavonda Jones

The following suspects have not yet been located, but Tyler Police have warrants out for their arrest. If you have any information about these suspects, please contact law enforcement:

  1. Brandon Sessions, B/M, 08/07/1079, of Rusk.
  2. Demarcus Osborn, B/M, 11/12/1989, of Tyler.
  3. Jessica Osborn, B/F, 07/29/1988, of Tyler.
  4. Kachada Webb, B/F, 09/25/1989, of Tyler.
  5. Lashundra Harris, B/F, 12/29/1991, of Tyler.
  6. Tevin King, B/M, 01/07/1994, of San Antonio.
  7. Roderick TaylorII, B/M, 05/06/1988, of Tyler.
  8. Derrick Griffith, B/M, 12/13/1993, of Tyler.
  9. Christopher Pipkins, B/M, 12/10/1988, of Tyler.
  10. Britani Anderson, B/F, 09/08/1985, of Jacksonville.
  11. Michael Earl, B/M, 09/30/1989, of Tyler.
  12. James Miller Jr., B/M, 10/25/1983, of Tyler.

Anyone with information about the suspects involved in this crime is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833).

Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspects in this case or any felony case.

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