Over 100 people have been identified across five counties in Colorado as possible victims of a identity theft ring. Seven people have been arrested and are now facing charges that deal with the white collar crime, as well as other crimes like the distribution of methamphetamines.
According to a spokesman for the Colorado Springs Police Department, the seven worked together to steal mail, burglarized homes to gain access to personal protected information and printed out fake driver’s licenses and checks. When six search warrants were served, police said that evidence was found that tied the defendants to distributing methamphetamines.
The men and women arrested range in age from 25 to 48 years old. The investigation took place over the course of a month and the police spokesman said it was “complicated.” All of those arrested reside in Colorado Springs. All but one of the seven arrested also have prior arrests for various crimes, including drug possession, possession of a forging instrument, burglary and theft, just to name a few.
The alleged victims live in Arapahoe, Elbert, Douglas, Teller and El Paso counties in Colorado. People who believe that their mail has been stolen are advised by police to report the thefts to credit fraud agencies.
In cases where there is more than one person identified in an alleged crime, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. This can help you understand what role the others might play in your defense, if any. An attorney can provide more information about how you should proceed and what options you have.
Source: The Gazette, “Many members of Colorado Springs identity theft ring have history of legal troubles,” Kaitlin Durbin, May 10, 2016