TX: Ex-cons accused of running ID theft ring

Jessica Willey reports:

With the arrest of two men, investigators say they have uncovered a major, statewide identity theft ring. Authorities say it wasn’t hard for the two suspects to find their victims.

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Police say [Geoffrey] Wentzel and Richard Conatser, both ex-cons who know each other from prison, ran a far-reaching identity theft ring. They would steal mail, according to investigators, fill out other people’s credit applications to obtain credit, then buy things and sell them on eBay for profit.

Their list of victims is a long one, authorities say.

“It spans from Corpus Christi to Dallas, from San Antonio into East Texas,” Hickey said.

Some of those victims were customers of Wentzel’s own mother, police say. She owns Kingwood Air Conditioning and Heating. He worked there and police say would steal customer information to create fraudulent credit.

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