October 21, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say three people have been arrested for operating a sophisticated identity theft ring in San Jose.
The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/10d6YT2 ) 35-year-old Toan Nguyen, 27-year-old Kent Do and 33-year-old Mai Huang were taken into custody May 1 on suspicion of identity theft, fraud, grand theft and counterfeiting. They are each being held on $5 million bail.
The newspaper says the Secret Service described the operation as "the most extensive and inclusive" ever seen in the South Bay.
The investigation started last year when an 85-year-old man lost about $100,000 after a checkbook was stolen from his home during a burglary.
Investigators say other victims' information was acquired through burglaries, mail theft and other means.
Police recovered equipment and supplies to make fraudulent credit cards, driver's licenses, counterfeit money, and fraudulent checks.
Information from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com