Riverbank couple arrested in ID theft operation

A theft and forgery investigation that started late last year has resulted in the arrests of two people police say were involved in an extensive identity theft scheme.

According to Modesto police, the investigation started with the arrest of Jeremy Lapachet, 39, of Riverbank at a Kohl’s department store Dec. 11. “During this initial contact, officers located items indicating Lapachet was involved in making false identifications, manufacturing credit cards and stealing identities,” police said in a news release.

Detectives eventually identified several victims associated with the scheme.

On Feb. 11, authorities served a search warrant for Lapachet’s home in the 2200 block of Lenay Way. Police said they found more than 100 credit cards and identification cards, fraudulent and legitimate.

Investigators also found lists of credit card numbers and computer equipment; police believe the latter was used to make fraudulent IDs. Detectives issued arrest warrants for Lapachet and his wife, Carol Lapachet, 30.

Police found and arrested Carol Lapachet on March 5 and her husband the following day. Carol Lapachet faces charges of identity theft, possession of card-making equipment and counterfeit cards, and conspiracy. Jeremy Lapachet faces charges of identity theft, manufacturing false identification, forging access cards, possession of card-making equipment, conspiracy and an unrelated warrant.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing as detectives continue to identify victims.

Article source: http://www.modbee.com/2014/03/18/3245757/riverbank-couple-arrested-in-id.html

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