Photo/Story Gallery 2006
FHP Breaks up Identity Theft Duo
Recently, Lieutenant Mike Stacy, Bureau of Investigations-Jacksonville, received a tip from the State Attorney’s Office (SAO) in Jacksonville about a couple of individuals who were suspected of identity theft. The SAO had been working on a worthless check case. A driver license number provided on the checks allowed them to pull photos from the Driver and Vehicle Information Database (DAVID) system. Six of the photos were the same person, which led them to notify Lt. Stacy.
Pictured left, Lt. Mike Stacy investigates an identity theft case and right, Lt. Mike Stacy with Troopers Richie Blanco and Bert Williams look over the many different licenses that the suspects had obtained illegally.
Lieutenant Stacy conducted an investigation over a period of several weeks. Using the Law Enforcement Information Exchange (LInX), a regional data-sharing database, he found that one of the suspects had pawned a great deal of items. A phone number from one of the pawn tickets was run through the LInX, which led Lt. Stacy to the suspect’s wife. Lt. Stacy then discovered that the two suspects had nearly 50 different driver licenses and identification cards issued by the state of Florida.
All of the fake identifications were from individuals in New York. The suspects had used birth certificates and social security numbers to obtain the false Florida driver licenses and ID cards. All the names were run through the Florida Crime Information Center (FCIC) system, which reported that over 200 outstanding arrest warrants had been issued in those names.
The suspects had used the false DL and ID cards to open up bank accounts and write bad checks. The false cards were obtained in Duval, Volusia, Clay, and St. Johns Counties. All the warrants in the FCIC system were cleared, and the two individuals were booked into the Duval County Jail on multiple counts of driver license fraud.