Major Identity Theft Ring Busted

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s office has arrested five suspects linked to a huge identity theft ring that affected more than 70 victims.

The investigation began in December 2011 when looking into a possible check fraud case. A victim reported that numerous blank checks were stolen from a mailbox in the Westpark community of Pueblo in September.

Detective Anthony Colletti discovered about 71 checks totaling $14,000 had been written and were forged. Surveillance video from several Pueblo businesses linked investigators to potentially five suspects.

Detectives searched a home in the 1700 block of Morrison Ave. in January where they found numerous torn fraudulent ID cards, a scanner/printer/copier, a laminator and numerous other documents with other people’s names on them.

A search warrant of a suspect’s laptop then led investigators to 49 more fraudulent IDs with pictures of the suspects on them.

Most of the names were real victims, same names were fictitious.

After investigating further with the victims, detectives uncovered numerous other mail theft and fraud cases that were unreported.

Officials say that stolen credit cards were also found and had been used in numerous states including Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

More than 70 victims have been identified in the case, including businesses. The aggregate amounts exceeds $30,000.

Warrants were initially issued on numerous counts of identity theft for the following:

Jamie Wetmore (34 yo female, Laurie Cordova (29 yo female), Bree Agee (30 yo female), Ember Peaslie (35 yo female) and Guillermina Medina (45 yo female).

All five female suspects were arrested over the last three months. Three remain in custody. The initial bond was set at $50,000 per individual.

The District Attorney’s Office has also filed an additional charge of COCCA (Colorado Organized Crime Control Act) which is a class II felony. The suspects in the case could face a maximum of 48 years in prison.


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  • by Jenny at Mail Boss Location: Washington on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM
    Mail theft is one of the most common ways thieves steal personal information for identity theft, the fastest growing crime in the nation. Just because these criminals have been caught doesn't mean your mail is safe now. Thieves are doing this all over the country, and residents need to take precautions - first, use a high security locking mailbox like the Mail Boss. This will keep your sensitive incoming mail (bank statements, credit card offers, etc.) out of the hands of would-be identity thieves. Never send checks or sensitive documents from an unsecured mailbox. Bring them to the post office or use online bill pay - it's more secure. And of course shred sensitive documents before discarding them. But remember, most of what you shred comes in the mail and it is easier to steal from the mailbox than the dump! Most victims of mail theft don't even know when their mail has been stolen, so just invest in a locking mailbox for peace of mind.
  • by Jenn on Apr 6, 2012 at 01:52 PM
    People like them are selfish and have no consideration for others and the hardships they put them through when they lose their hard earned money!! I had money stolen out of my acct b/c someone stole my card # and my rent check could have bounced if my bank didn't compensate me!! Idiots!!!!!!!!!!!! How would they like it if they didn't have money to pay their bills b/c someone took it? The karma train will get them!
  • by pixie Location: teller county on Apr 5, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    Thank you Pueblo Sherrifs. I am sick of seeing these people get away with theft and harrassment. they should get a real job and work for a living like the people they steal from.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2012 at 05:53 PM
    HAHAHA JUST GET A JOB YOU DUMB BROADS. I JUST FEEL BAD FOR THE CHILDREN OF THESES POOR EXCUSE OF HUMAN BEINGS
  • by Anonymous Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 5, 2012 at 02:27 PM
    Goodbye lady's.
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