Traffic stop uncovers stolen personal information of hundreds of people
Call it a “hunch,” but I wouldn’t be surprised if this breach might belong on this blog. Associated Press reports:
Authorities have recovered hundreds of pages of stolen personal information after pulling over a vehicle going 111 mph in a 65 mph zone near Farson in southwestern Wyoming.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol says a trooper pulled the vehicle over on Wyoming 28 on Monday and found stolen account information, names, Social Security numbers and fraudulent accounts that had been opened in those names.
Authorities say 28-year-old Maurice Bright Jr., 27-year-old Porsha Slones and 28-year-old Jasmine Bradley, who all have addresses in Florida, were arrested and face felony charges of credit card fraud and identity theft.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol issued the following press release on Friday:
Farson – A traffic stop by a Trooper on a vehicle speeding 111 MPH in a 65 MPH zone has resulted in the recovery of hundreds of persons individual personal information and three individuals facing federal indictments on felony charges of credit card fraud and identity theft.
The speeding vehicle was stopped Monday 10 miles east of Farson on WYO 28. Taken into custody were 28 year-old Maurice Bright, 27 year-old Porsha Slones and 28 year-old Jasmine Bradley. All list address’s (sic) in the State of Florida. Bright was also cited for driving while under suspension and all three were arrested for possession of misdemeanor marijuana.
The investigation has now involved agents with the United States Secret Service Office. Troopers requested assistance from their office when they discovered and seized several hundred identities which included stolen account information to include names, maiden names, social security numbers credit card information and fraudulent accounts that had been opened under those names.
Troopers also found stolen merchandise gift cards from various stores. The monetary value of those recovered cards is currently unknown.
The investigation is ongoing as law enforcement sifts through hundreds of pages of personal information that the three individuals had in their possession.