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July 30, 2009

More identity theft arrests

John M. Roman with the Daily Times reported on three new identity theft arrests in Pennsylvania. Here's a quote from the article:

"Three Chester residents have been charged with operating a major bogus credit card and identity theft operation that contributed to losses of at least several hundreds of thousands of dollars in the banking industry, Delaware County District Attorney G. Michael Green announced today.

More than 400 legitimate credit card numbers of victims were recovered at an unoccupied apartment along with more than 50 manufactured credit cards and 2,500 blank check stock documents, Green said at a press conference.

The items were found in addition to numerous machines and devices used to reproduce credit cards and photo identification cards such as a laptop computer, a printer, an embosser, an ID card printer, a credit card scanner, boxes of blank checks and supplies used to manufacture photo ID, foil and holograms for the ID cards, Green said.

Kevin Wilmer Henson, 36, and Donald Mewha, 59, both of the 1100 block of Clover Lane and the 1300 block of Renshaw Road, Chester; and Henson’s girlfriend, Ylana Starks, 30, of the 1100 block of Clover Lane, Chester, were all charged with possessing instruments of crime, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, unlawful device-making equipment, identity theft and forgery, and related offenses, according to affidavits of probable cause."

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