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Gazette Premium Content 10 arrested in El Paso County identity theft ring

MARIA ST.LOUIS-SANCHEZ Updated: November 28, 2011 at 12:00 am

Ten people have been arrested for allegedly stealing mail from dozens of residents and using the personal information to write counterfeit checks, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

The arrests were made after a three-month investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the victims reported that mail had been stolen from their mail boxes in the summer of 2011. Later, they found they’d been victims of identity theft when their identities were used to pass counterfeit checks at local businesses.

In all, 69 people were targeted, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“This group was very organized and worked together to commit these crimes. Fortunately, the combines resources of the sheriff’s office and the postal inspection service complimented each other in a way that will bring justice to the 69 victims in this case,” El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said in a statement issued by his office.

Arrested were:

• Michael Robert Morgan, 26, on suspicion of organized crime, identity theft, forgery, possession of identity theft tools and theft. He is in the El Paso County jail on $150,000 bond.

• Samantha Kay McKinnis, 27,  on suspicion of organized crime, identity theft, forgery and theft, Class 4 felony. She is in the El Paso County jail on $60,000 bond.

• Kyle Richard Miller, 24., on suspicion of theft and possession of identity theft tools. He is in the El Paso County jail on $65,000 bond.

• Cynthia Kathleen Goodboe, 24, on  suspicion of identity theft, forgery and theft. She is in the El Paso County Jail on $3,000 bond.

• Tammy Marie Gelsinger, 51, on suspicion of theft. Released on $2,000 bond.

• Michelle Lee Perrino-Thomas, 30, on suspicion of theft and forgery. Released on $3,000 bond.

• Marco Antonio Gonzalez Jr., 28, on suspicion of theft and forgery. Released on $3,000 bond.

• Patrick Dean Dillon, 25, on suspicion of theft. Released on $3,000 bond.

• Nichole Lynn Haynes, 31, on suspicion of forgery and theft. Released on $3,000 bond.

• Shilo Marie Ann Humphry, 30, on suspicion of theft, forgery and accessory to a crime. Released on $3,000 bond.

 

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