Eight indicted in ID theft, fraud scheme in Broward – Sun

Eight people have been indicted on aggravated identity theft and fraud charges for stealing the personal information of ATT customers to create credit and debit cards to access their bank accounts, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer announced Friday.

Six have been arrested and two are being sought, authorities said.

Chouman Emily Syrilien, 25, of Lauderdale Lakes, worked at Interactive Response Technologies in Margate. The call center handled ATT customer accounts from which personal information was taken, prosecutors said.

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The information was shared with Angel Arcos, 23, and Monique Smith, 31, both of Pompano Beach, Shantegra La’Shae Godfrey, 23, of Deerfield Beach, Arrington Basil Segu, 28, of Miami, and Carlos Antonio Alexander, 24, of Orlando, according to the 22-count indictment.

Alexander, Smith and Godfrey were added as “authorized users” on victims’ credit or debit cards to access their bank accounts. Alexander spent more than $24,000, Smith $12,000 and Godfrey $8,200 from victims’ accounts. Arcos used his own identification to open a bank account, court records showed.

Arcos, Godfrey and Smith had their first court appearances Friday. Segu was in court Thursday and Alexander is in custody, prosecutors said.

If convicted, each faces up to 30 years in prison for the conspiracy charge, a maximum of 10 years for using the credit and debit cards, and a mandatory two years in prison for each aggravated identity theft charge, officials said.

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/lauderdale-lakes/fl-broward-id-theft-gang-20140404,0,1796846.story

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