Authorities: Active-duty military targeted by ID theft ring

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 4:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. --Multiple federal agencies worked with Spokane County authorities Thursday to break up an identity theft ring. Investigators said the theft ring racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen credit.

Thursday morning authorities busted suspects in four different houses across Spokane. The warrants were served at residences near the 1600 block of East Decatur, the 3800 block of East 36th, the 600 block of South Altamont, the 1900 block of North Waldo and the 4200 block of North Burns. 

The warrants were the result of a large scale identity theft investigation multiple agencies have been investigating since mid-September, 2012.  The U.S. Postal Inspector, U.S. Secret Service, Social Security Administration, Spokane County Investigative Task Force and Spokane Police were all part of the raid.

Detectives say they've recovered thousands of dollars worth of stolen material. Deputies say there are over 300 victims, from all over the country, and many are active-duty military.

Investigators said the suspects were opening credit cards in other people's names. The suspects used the cards to rack up hundreds of thousands of dollars in charges.

The agency said Thursday’s bust was just the beginning.
   
Michael Clark Jr., 24, was arrested in connection with the case. He faces forgery, theft, and money laundering charges. Deputies say they have no idea how he allegedly obtained the victims' information.

Investigators also arrested a woman for drug possession, and say more arrests could follow.

This investigation is on-going and additional arrests and search warrants are expected.

The Sheriff's Office said they are looking into how the ring became so large.

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