A man and two women were arrested and charged with stealing the identities of seven victims of the Surfside condominium collapse near Miami Beach this summer and attempting to obtain credit cards in their names, a Florida prosecutor said on Wednesday.
Betsy Alejandra Cacho-Medina, 30, Kimberly Michelle Johnson, 34, and Rodney Choute, 38, face multiple counts of identity theft and fraud, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said at a news conference.
“Cyber grave robbers did move very quickly after the collapse to grab what they could while family and friends were in absolute emotional turmoil,” she said.
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Seven victims of the Surfside condo collapse—five deceased and two surviving—were targeted by identity thieves who made large purchases under their names. https://t.co/UEN8IzzE5d
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Identity thieves had struck, investigators soon learned, using Ana Ortiz’s name to make a slew of purchases — included a $374 pair of Medusa sandals, a Versace purse valued at nearly $1,700 and hundreds at Target https://t.co/7mm713r07r
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Police have made three arrests after the identities of some of the victims of the Surfside collapse were stolen. https://t.co/eNHDvkf4JG
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