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Two men from Africa accused of trafficking stolen identities arrested in Lincoln Co

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Saikou Ba and Abadalziz Asumani are accused of being part of a identity theft scheme Saikou Ba and Abadalziz Asumani are accused of being part of a identity theft scheme
LINCOLN COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

Two men from Africa are facing charges for trafficking stolen identities after they were arrested in Lincoln County.

Saikou Ba and Abadalziz Asumani are charged with trafficking in stolen Identities and felony possession of a forging instrument.

Police believe the two were driving from Minnesota to Atlanta when they car crashed their car into the Cuivre River Bridge near Troy. A responding officer found lots of evidence including two passports, one of which was expired, $8,000 in cash, bogus credit cards and a credit card reader.

Such a reader allows someone to have one name on the front of the card but use someone else’s stolen information on the magnetic strip. A reader alone is not enough to change a card, software and computer are needed to complete the task. Police believe a laptop was tossed into Cuivre River, but a three-hour search found nothing.

“We know they’re trafficking in stolen identities but how far and how big is hard to say, but we have two of them in custody and we’re glad to have them in our jail,” said Lt. Andy Binder with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

Lincoln County contacted the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), but ICE refused to pursue the case because it wasn’t big enough, Lincoln County officials said.

“There’s thousands upon thousands of victims in the US every year as a result of fraud. It takes five minutes to wreck somebody’s credit history but years to rebuild it. I think there needs to be some urgency, a priority for this case,” said Binder.

Police told News 4 both men deny knowing anything about a fraud scheme. Each suspect was given the chance to contact their consulate but declined to do so.

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