|etx Police investigate identity theft ring|
|Written by Clayton Neville|
|Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:47|
Released by the Tyler Police Department
A four month Fraud investigation conducted by investigators of the Tyler Police Department, FBI and other County and local police agencies has led to a numerous suspects being charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.
Investigators were contacted since January, 2013 by 45 victims who stated that their identity was fraudulently used stemming back to 2012.
The suspects were going on-line and obtaining multiple loans, using the victims' identities, and have the funds transferred into the suspect's bank accounts that they had set up. The victims were not aware of the fictitious loans in their names until they were contacted by the loan company for default of payment.
Investigators have identified 21 suspects at this time, who are predominately from Tyler, for their involvement in the fraud scheme. Investigators have obtained arrest warrants on these suspects for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, a first degree felony. Bond was set at $750,000 on each suspect.
A list of suspects provided below, includes those who have been arrested and those who police cannot locate that have an outstanding warrant for their arrest.
1. Brandon Sessions, B/M, 08/07/1079, of Rusk. Unable to Locate
Officers and Investigators located another suspect this morning 05/01/2013 around 9:45 a.m., in the 700 block of S. Peach hiding inside the residence. The suspect was identified as Michael Hunter. Hunter was transported to Smith county Jail and booked in on the outstanding felony warrant.
Anyone with information about the suspects involved in this crime is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833). Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspects in this case or any felony case.