Identity Theft Two in WI Face ID Theft And Meth Possession Charges

Tiffany M. Knueppel, 33, Waupaca, and Harley D. Beckerson, 26, Menasha, are charged with possession of methamphetamine, identity theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Knueppel is also charged with misdemeanor bail jumping and Beckerson is charged with felony bail jumping.

On May 16, New London Police Officer Ryan Denu pulled over a tan Buick with Michigan license plates that did not belong to the vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, the man and woman who were in the vehicle said they did not have ID.

Denu suspected they were not who they said they were and identified them from booking photos as Knueppel and Beckerson.

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A search of the vehicle uncovered two digital scales, several syringes, a glass jar with marijuana, a pipe with burnt marijuana residue and a gem bag with a clear brown substance that tested positive for meth, the complaint says.

Outagamie County had issued a bench warrant for Beckerson’s arrest because he failed to make a court appearance in April on charges of credit card fraud and felony bail jumping.

Beckerson also faced charges of identity theft and felony bail jumping in Calumet County where he had been released from custody in February on a $5,000 signature bond.

Knueppel was on extended supervision at the time of her May 16 arrest in Waupaca County.

She was convicted of possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana in January 2015 and sentenced to one year and four months in prison with four years of extended supervision.

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Identity Theft Married PA Business Owners Face Jail Time

A husband and wife who operated an Upper Dublin heating and air conditioning business are headed to jail together after they fraudulently used the identities of people from Montgomery, Chester and Bucks counties to open credit accounts with a financial institution.

Philadelphia residents Eric Lamont Martin, 34, and Portia D. Martin, 31, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to multiple counts of identity theft, theft by deception and conspiracy to commit thefts in connection with incidents that occurred in 2015.

Eric Martin, who is listed in court documents as president of Centra-Spike Inc., a heating, ventilation and air conditioning company located in the Fort Washington section of Upper Dublin, was sentenced to 11 ½ to 23 months in the county jail, to be followed by eight years of probation and 500 hours of community service, in connection with the thefts.

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Portia Martin, who according to court papers is listed as vice-president of Centra-Spike, was sentenced to six to 23 months in the county jail, to be followed by eight years’ probation and 300 hours of community service.

The Martins, who are eligible for the jail’s work release program during their incarceration, also must share in the payment of $116,000 that remains in restitution to be paid to Synchrony Financial of Ohio. Detectives identified Synchrony Bank as a financial services company that allows individuals to finance home improvement projects completed by companies.

The punishments were imposed by Judge Thomas C. Branca.

“The bottom line is he admitted to obtaining individuals’ personal information for the purposes of obtaining credit from a financial institution,” defense lawyer Andrew Laird said on Eric Martin’s behalf, explaining the nature of the guilty plea.

Laird argued for a sentence of house arrest or at least a sentence that included a work release provision.

“Obviously, my client is remorseful and accepts full responsibility for what took place. We asked that he be able to continue to either work his HVAC business or other gainful employment for the purposes of paying back the restitution to Synchrony Bank,” Laird said.

The theft totaled about $124,000, according to authorities.

The eight identity theft victims were primarily elderly and they resided in Hatboro, East Norriton, Upper Dublin and Abington in Montgomery County; in Chester Springs, Chester County; and in Warminster, Bucks County.

“She acknowledged taking the personal information off of medical records from a medical practice where she was working,” defense lawyer Martin P. Mullaney explained on behalf of Portia Martin. “She’s been remorseful since day one. In a moment of weakness she went ahead and did this. She recognizes that she hurt people. She is genuinely remorseful.”

Mullaney argued Portia Martin got involved in the scheme through her husband and that “he led her into that episode of criminality.”

Detectives alleged the Martins used the eight victims’ personal information to fraudulently obtain credit from the bank. The investigation revealed the eight credit accounts opened by Centra-Spike were fraudulent and Centra-Spike used the identities and personal information of unknowing victims to open credit accounts and charge the accounts for services not performed, according to the arrest affidavit.

The funds borrowed were initially deposited into Centra-Spike’s account. However, the investigation revealed that some of the funds later were transferred from the business account to personal accounts held by the Martins, according to court papers.

The investigation began in March 2015, when an Upper Dublin man contacted township police to report he was the victim of identity theft. The victim told detectives he received correspondence from Synchrony Bank regarding a credit account that was opened in his name without his authorization, according to the criminal complaint filed by Upper Dublin Detective Michael W. Gommer.

Working with bank officials, detectives eventually developed the Martins as suspects in the fraud scheme. Detectives did not theorize on the couple’s motive in the criminal complaint.

However, Laird explained, “My client’s business expanded rapidly and it was his intent to obtain some money from the bank with the intent of repaying that money back in a very short period of time. Unfortunately, his plan did not go as it was laid out and there were some individuals that were affected throughout the process.”

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Private Detective: Casey Co. Mother Offering Reward For Late Son’s Vehicle

Almost three years after losing her son in an accident, a Casey County mother is offering a reward to get back part of her son’s legacy that was stolen.

Austin Mincey was just 14-years-old when he lost his life in a motocross accident.

A few days ago, Austin’s mother, Julie, said she noticed someone stole something she said is near and dear to her heart, right from her garage. Now, she is determined to get it back.

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Julie told LEX 18 that two Sundays ago, she noticed that someone had broken into her garage and stole a Polaris Rzr vehicle. It’s more than another vehicle. For Julie, it has sentimental value. She said that she bought it for Austin when he broke his femur, in hopes that she could interest him in something other than motocross.

Julie told LEX 18 that the stolen Polaris should be easy to spot because it has decals with Austin’s number, 173, on it.

“It’s very sentimental. I’m offering a reward. I won’t ask any questions. If somebody would just bring it back, I would give them a thousand dollars. I just want it back,” she said.

Anybody with any information should contact the Casey County Sheriff’s Office.

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Private Detective: Detectives Looking For Credit Card Thief

The temperatures are rising, and investigators say that car break-ins and thefts are too.

Investigators told LEX 18 that Cold Harbor Drive is a quiet neighborhood with not a lot of through traffic.

“Whoever did this was driving the neighborhood. They were casing it, looking for cars,” said Detective Mark Thomas with the Lexington Police Department. “So, they got lucky with this guy’s door handle. They were able to get in and get his credit cards.”

The victim did not find out his credit cards were missing until he woke up and found notifications from his bank. By then, it was already too late and the damage had been done.

Surveillance footage shows a woman overnight using the stolen credit cards from the man’s truck.

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She was shopping at the Walgreens on Harrodsburg Road, according to police. She had also made purchases at the Minit Mart just across the street.

Police tell LEX 18 that this is an isolated incident, but they believe that there were probably other cars in the neighborhood opened and rummaged through.

“Right now as the weather’s warming up, these people are out in force, and so you really have to be careful about leaving any valuables in your car,” said Thomas. “So make sure that you lock your doors and don’t leave anything in there, especially nothing in there that’s visible, that they could see through the windows.”

If you have any information about what happened, your tip could get you a cash reward from Bluegrass Crime Stoppers. You can call in your tip at (859) 253-2020 or you can text your information to ‘Crimes’. Just put ‘LEX P-D’ in the message, along with your tip.

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Private Detective: Former Treasurer of a Church Sentenced For Embezzling Funds

The former treasurer of Greater Norris Baptist Church, located in Henderson County, Kentucky, was sentenced in United States District Court today, by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., to 21 months in prison, followed by a three year period of supervised release and was ordered to pay $201,260.02 in restitution, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

 

“People contribute to organizations like churches and other non-profits simply because they want to do good in the world,” stated United States Attorney John Kuhn. “Stealing funds from these groups is not only criminal, it’s disgraceful. This sentence punishes Tillman and insures she will pay back every penny that was not hers to take.”

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According to the plea agreement, Delanie L. Tillman, of Henderson County, devised a scheme to defraud and obtain money and property by means of false pretenses, from the Greater Norris Baptist Church, between 2004 and June 5, 2014.

 

Specifically, Tillman was charged, in an 11 count indictment, with making unauthorized wire transfers and writing unauthorized checks to pay for personal expenses using the church’s funds.

 

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser and was investigated by the Henderson Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Identity Theft Ring Convicted for Unemployment Fraud and Conspiracy

Three individuals were convicted following a five-day jury trial in Ann Arbor on charges relating to identity theft, Acting United States Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch announced today.

 

Lemisch was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge James Vanderberg, Department of Labor – Office of Inspector General, and Steve Arwood, Director, Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency.

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Convicted were Kenneth Dixon, Nakita Washington, and Jamela Washington, all from Warren, Michigan. The defendants were charged with use of counterfeit access devices, aggravated identity theft, theft of government money, and conspiracy to commit those offenses.

 

Evidence presented at trial established that between October 2009 through April 2012, the defendants systematically engaged in a conspiracy to obtain the personal identification information of unsuspecting victims, and then used that information to submit fraudulent on-line claims for unemployment compensation benefits. Over 100 individuals were victimized.

 

“The guilty verdicts of Kenneth Dixon, Jamela Washington, and Nakita Washington are the culmination of an extensive investigation into a conspiracy that victimized individuals by stealing their identities and defrauded the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency of over $400,000”, stated James Vanderberg, Special Agent in Charge, Chicago Region, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to safeguard the Unemployment Insurance Program.”

 

Sentencing for all three has been set for September 19, 2017. Each face a statutory maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison.

 

The case was investigated by special agents of the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General with the assistance of the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney C. Barrington Wilkins

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Arson Investigation House Fire Near UK Was Intentionally Set

A massive house fire that broke out near the campus of the University of Kentucky is considered to be the result of arson, Lexington Fire confirms.

The fire broke out at a home on Transylvania Park just before 5:30 a.m. Monday. A passerby saw flames and called 911. Crews battled smoke and flames for hours. A campus safety alert was also issued during the blaze.

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After an investigation, Lexington Fire officials confirmed that the three-story house-fire was intentionally set.

If you have information, contact authorities at 859-231-5672 or arsontips@lexingtonky.gov

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Wrongful Death Two Men Arrested in Connection to a Shooting Monday

Two men have been arrested in connection with a deadly shooting Monday afternoon.

Police charged Dylan Capps, 20, with murder and first degree assault; and charged Keegan Newton, 19, with first degree wanton endangerment.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. police were called to the parking lot of 1081 South Broadway for a shooting.

Justin Lee Jenkins, 19, was located at the scene and officers learned that a 20-year-old male victim had been transported to a hospital in a private vehicle.

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Jenkins later died from his injuries.

The investigation revealed that there was a disorder between two groups of people that escalated into gunfire.

Capps was seen fleeing the scene in a car. Police were able to stop the vehicle and take Capps into custody without incident.

Police say Capps shot both victims and that Newton, a friend of the victims, fired shots at Capps’ vehicle as he was leaving the scene.

The suspects are lodged at the Fayette County Detention Center.

Police are not looking for any other suspects at this time.

 Dylan Capps
 Keegan Newton
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Pedophile Tracking Prineville, OR Man Gets 9 Years

A Prineville man was sentenced to more than nine years in prison Monday for luring a 15-year-old boy to a Bend hotel, where he recorded the two of them having sex.

Christopher Stout, 43, was arrested Feb. 21 and charged with 20 counts of various luring and sexual abuse crimes. He pleaded guilty Thursday to four of the counts: luring a minor, third-degree sodomy, using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct and first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse. Per a plea agreement, the other 16 charges were dismissed.

Deschutes County Circuit Judge Walter Miller accepted the deal Monday, sentencing Stout to 111 months in prison.

After his release, Stout will also have to register as a sex offender and will not be able to have contact with minors or use the internet without permission from a judge or his post-prison supervision officer.

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The investigation into Stout started when the victim’s mother found an SD memory card in the driveway of her Bend home. She put the card into her computer and found footage of her son having sex with Stout. The victim eventually told her he met Stout on Tumblr, a photo-based social media platform, and the two began to chat. The victim said Stout knew his age and didn’t have an issue with it. They sent each other sexually explicit videos of themselves and agreed to meet in person, according to court testimony.

According to court documents, the correspondence started around Jan. 1. Around Jan. 8, the victim sneaked out of his home, and Stout picked him up and drove him to the Double Tree Inn in Bend, where Stout showed the victim a video of two underage boys having sex.

The two then had sex, the victim told police, and Stout told the victim he could not tell anyone. Stout also told the victim he had done similar things before, court documents state.

After finding the memory card containing the videos, the victim’s mother reported the sexual abuse to police on Feb. 13. Police searched Stout’s Prineville home and found videos of the sexual encounter, as well as a small amount of methamphetamine.

For the charge of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, Stout was sentenced to 70 months. That crime falls under Measure 11, Oregon’s mandatory-minimum sentencing law for violent crimes. Because of that, he will not be eligible for early release based on good behavior or participation in prison programs. He is eligible for programs and good time on the other counts.

Stout, who at the time was a U.S. Forest Service employee, has no prior criminal history. Before being sentenced Monday, he apologized for his actions, calling them “reprehensible.”

“I would like to express just how deeply sorry I am for my actions,” he said.

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Missing Person Anthony Mason of Washington, D.C.

The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old Anthony Mason, who was last seen in the 3400 block of Dix Street, Northeast, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. He was reported missing on May 21, 2017.

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Anthony Mason is described as a black male, with a medium complexion, 6’1” in height, 165 pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing black jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt, black weave cap, and black tennis shoes.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Anthony Mason is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, the Youth and Family Services Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.

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