ID theft suspect may be part of widespread scheme

by Wes Mayer

Last week, a man authorities say may be involved in a widespread identity theft scheme was arrested following an investigation by the Senoia Police Department.

Kwame James Gordon, 34, was arrested June 17 in a case investigated by authorities with the Senoia Police, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and the DeKalb County Police Department, said the lead investigator, Lt. Jason Ercole with the Senoia police. At that time, Gordon was charged with one count of identity theft involving a victim in Senoia.

The case began in May, when the Senoia victim reported an unknown person used her debit card at a Walmart in Lithonia, Ercole said. The victim, however, was not in Lithonia that day and her debit card did not leave her possession. Investigators were able to obtain surveillance footage from the Lithonia Walmart, and although they could not identify the subject, they were able to see that the suspect used an EBT card before he used the suspected cloned debit card.

This EBT card turned out to be the suspect’s fiancee’s, Ercole said, and through it, they were able to identify Gordon and learn he lived in Stone Mountain. A search warrant was obtained to search Gordon’s home, and the Coweta sheriff’s office and DeKalb police assisted Senoia in the search. Inside the home, authorities found a number of debit and credit cards as well as a number of Freddie Mac loan applications – all in other people’s names.

“During the search, Mr. Gordon admitted to investigators that he was involved in a scheme where he would be supplied with others’ identity information and would use said information to open debit and credit card accounts in those names,” Ercole said.

Gordon was then charged with one count of identity theft and was transported to the Coweta County Jail. He has since made his $7,000 bond, Ercole said.

The investigation is ongoing, and identity theft victims have been located across the U.S. as far away as Connecticut and California, Ercole said.

Because of this, the U.S. Secret Service was asked for assistance, and it agreed to help in the investigation.



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