Three Charged in Federal ID Theft Scheme – Twin Falls Times

BOISE • Three people were indicted Tuesday on charges they stole more than a dozen people’s identities and then spent thousands of those victims’ money in southern Idaho stores.

The three spent nearly $1,900 at the Twin Falls Best Buy and more than $25,000 at Boise-area stores, say documents from federal court in Boise.

The documents give these details:

For about a year, starting in July 2013, the group devised a scheme to shop at a number of southern Idaho stores using credit cards with stolen information.

The three got personal information from several victims in California, including their names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, addresses, driver’s license numbers and financial account information.

They then ran credit reports to get the victims’ financial profiles and created fake IDs to open credit cards with the stores.

Then they helped each other by sharing the fake IDs, shopping together with the credit cards and acting as “lookouts” during the credit applications and transactions.

One woman spent nearly $1,900 at Best Buy using the store credit card and a fake ID on July 21.

In Boise, two women spent more than $14,500 at Lowe’s stores, $4,000 at JC Penny’s, $4,300 at Sears and almost $1,400 at Victoria’s Secret.

Arleen Gadrina Cifuentes is charged with three counts of aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and possession of 15 or more cards using stolen information.

Rocio Margarita Contreras-Loya was charged with four counts of aggravated ID theft, wire fraud, possessing 15 or more cards.

Ivan Izeta Fonseca, also known as Junior, was charged with three counts of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.

A court date has not been set.

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