01/27/10 - Police in Manchester now say there may be two more people involved in a multi-state fraud scheme, busted last week. Some of the fake IDs in evidence appear to belong to two other people - police have not caught yet.
Also, detectives now say all of the checks found in the suspect's car were tied to real bank accounts and real victims. Manchester Police say there are 10 confirmed identity theft victims - all from the Houston, Texas area. Investigators were still trying to determine how the suspects got the bank account information.
01/20/10 - Manchester police have arrested 3 suspects after a multi-state check counterfeiting and identity theft scheme.
Authorities said the three suspects were arrested at Wal-Mart in the 200 block of highlands Blvd. after a female suspect purchased items with a counterfeit check. Arrested were 23-year-old Stacey Clayton, of Jackson, FL., 24-year-old Trenton Garrett, of Houston, TX, and 35-year-old Fredric Rahming, of Houston, TX.
Authorities found over $5,000 worth of merchandise and cash inside the suspects' vehicle along with numerous fake driver’s licenses and counterfeit checks. Some of the accounts were fake and some were discovered to be actual accounts in which unknowing victims had their identity stolen.
Investigators have been able to track the crime spree to Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, and Missouri to include the cities of Manchester, Chesterfield, Ellisville, Lake St. Louis, and Columbia. Tuesday afternoon federal authorities joined the investigation.