Ventura police arrested three suspects in connection with a theft scam directed toward local banks. According to police, Wells Fargo Bank employees contacted them about a man who was attempting to use a credit card and a false ID to take a cash advance at the bank. The man fled the bank before officers arrived, but bank employees were able to provide a description of the suspect’s vehicle.
VPD received a second call from a different Wells Fargo Bank stating that a person was attempting to make a large withdrawal from the bank using a fake debit card. Employees were able to identify the vehicle being used by the person before he fled the location. The vehicle descriptions in both incidents matched.
Later VPD officers spotted the suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Inside the car were three men and a woman, all from Illinois. The men were wearing military uniforms, and officers found a large number of fake IDs, fake credit cards, equipment for manufacturing fake credit cards, logo information related to military charities, fake military documentation and more than $30,000 in cash.
The men were arrested on suspicion of identity theft, forgery and conspiracy. The woman was not charged, and was released. Police later determined that the men were successful in withdrawing cash from banks in Camarillo and Oxnard. One of the suspects, Glynn Ford, was arrested late last year in Illinois and charged in a similar fraud scam that targeted more than 1,600 people outside of Chicago.
Ventura Theft Lawyer
Theft charges, including identity theft and related crimes like forgery, can result in prison sentences and large restitution orders. If you’ve been arrested for identity misappropriation, burglary or forgery, you need the expert assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has provided criminal defense counsel in Venture County and throughout Southern California for more than 30 years, and will fight aggressively on your behalf.
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