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(Golden, CO – July 9, 2014) First Judicial District Attorney Pete Weir announced that a Jefferson County grand jury has returned a 165-count indictment dismantling an identity theft ring that operated in the metro area between June and November, 2013. According to the indictment, members of the nine-member enterprise obtained personal and financial information of people and businesses and used this information to create checks and identification. Using computers and the stolen information they created fraudulent documents including drivers licenses, state ID cards and checks. These fradulent checks would then be transacted at businesses or financial institutions. Members of the enterprise would use the checks to obtain cash, merchandise, personal property, services, gift cards, food, etc. Merchandise and proceeds from forged check transactions were used and shared between other members of the group to include the purchase and use of illegal drugs (methamphetamine). The five women and four men have been indicted according to their alleged participation and have all been arrested:
Angela Vigil and Sean Wyles are believed to have been the ringleaders and have both been charged with numerous counts including racketeering, Violation of Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act (F2). Investigators believe that some of the stolen personal and financial information was taken from mailboxes and from cars. Victim businesses include King Soopers, Bed Bath & Beyond, Rite Aid, First Bank, Ace Hardware, Wells Fargo Bank, McDonalds and 24 Hour Fitness. “This was excellent work by the Lakewood Police Department and the other agencies who were able to bring about a quick end to the operation of this ID theft ring,” said Weir, “It is also a good reminder to consumers to be vigilent with their personal and financial information.” All defendants are scheduled to be in court on July 14.
July 9, 2014
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