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3 Arrested in Sophisticated Fraud Ring in Victorville

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Photo Courtesy of the Victor Valley Sheriff's Station.
Photo Courtesy of the Victor Valley Sheriff's Station.

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) Deputies were led to one specific house after investigating several identify theft cases stemming out of the Victor Valley.

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, detective Robbi DeBois from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 12300 block of San Dimas Street in the City of Victorville.

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“During the service of the search warrant, numerous checks and credit cards were located which had been manufactured at the residence. Also located during the search warrant was a loaded handgun with the serial number filed off,” Sheriff’s officials stated.

Anthony Michael Carrillo, 31, Crystal Monique Lobato, 30, and Moses Aguilar, 23, all residents of Victorville, were arrested on charges of conspiracy and possession of more than 10 person’s identity with the intent to defraud.

It was determined that Carillo and Lobato were already convicted felons which added charges of being in possession of a handgun.

“This identity theft ring has been responsible for the loss of several thousands of dollars to victims in the high desert. The ring was using a Phelan business, Jr’s Tire Shop, to obtain credit card information from patrons of the business. Due to a sophisticated scheme, the criminals were able to obtain bank account information and create credit cards which they used to purchase goods and other pay-as-you-go type cards,” authorities stated.

All three suspects were booked at High Desert Detention Center. However, Carrillo and Lobato posted bail and were released. Aguilar remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail.

In a statement from Jrs. Tire Shop they told Victor Valley News:

“We had absolutely no knowledge of our employee’s illegal activity. We cooperated with law enforcement during their investigation and never interfered. We have never at any point participated in any fraudulent activities. We value our customers and always strive to serve the community to the best of our ability. We had absolutely no knowledge of our employee’s illegal activity. We cooperated with law enforcement during their investigation and never interfered. We have never at any point participated in any fraudulent activities. We value our customers and always strive to serve the community to the best of our ability.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective DeBois at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station at (760) 552-6801. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may report information to WeTip at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or by accessing the WeTip website at www.wetip.com.

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