Mother-daughter duo accused of running Chino Hills ID theft scam

CHINO HILLS Detectives investigation into a stolen credit card case has led to the arrest of a mother-daughter duo in connection to a sophisticated identity theft ring out of Orange County.

Kristina Anh Giusti, 44 of Garden Grove; her daughter, Kelcie Anh Thy Giusti Tang, 23, of Santa Ana, and a third woman, Terry Tan Mihn Nguyen, 30, also of Garden Grove were arrested Tuesday, according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s Chino Hills officials.

Deputies were investigating an identify theft case where someone had $800 stolen from their credit card. Detectives learned the victim’s card was used at several retail and restaurant establishments in and around Garden Grove. Authorities eventually linked Giusti with the fraudulent usage of the cards.

On Tuesday, Chino Hills station detective served two search warrants at Giusti’s home in the 12100 block of College Avenue in Garden Grove. Sheriff’s investigators allegedly recovered more than a thousand forged or altered credit cards issued in Giusti’s name, as well as other names. The also seized six laptops, two tablets, an embossing machine, a tip card machine usually used for forging credit cards, a card encoder, several boxes of white stock credit cards, a money counter, $11,000 in cash and several “how-to’s” of fraud documents.

Nguyen was at Giusti’s house during the serve of the search warrant and was reportedly linked to the identity theft ring.

Tang,used fraudulent cards given to her by her mother.

Nguyen, Giusti and Tang were arrested on suspicion of identity theft and booked at the West Valley Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.

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