Recently Roseville Police detectives arrested a local couple suspected of supporting themselves through an elaborate network of identity thefts involving multiple victims. The two are suspected of leasing an apartment in Roseville under the name and credit of an identity theft victim, and paying for their living expenses, clothes and overseas vacations through fraud.
In July, two separate Roseville residents noticed unauthorized transactions on their credit cards, and reported the fraud to Roseville Police. In one case, someone used fraudulent credit cards at a Roseville restaurant. In the other, a man used a fraudulent credit card to have his car serviced at a Roseville shop. Roseville detectives investigated and eventually identified the same suspects in both reports.
In early December, detectives served a search warrant at the suspects’ apartment in Roseville, and found blank credit cards, credit card reading and encoding equipment, and other evidence of identity theft. The investigation revealed that the suspects made credit cards in their own names and encoded them with account information from multiple identity theft victims in Roseville, northern California, and one victim in Hawaii. They used one Bay Area victim’s name and credit for their apartment lease, utilities and other official purposes. The apartment was furnished with new furniture and electronics, and the family had a generous supply of new clothing and shoes, all apparently purchased through fraudulent means.
Roseville detectives arrested Kelvin Lamont King, age 28, on December 2 on suspicion of identity theft involving ten or more victims, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. They arrested Darisha Phields, age 27, on December 14, also on suspicion of identity theft involving ten or more victims. Detectives are still combing through evidence, and they anticipate finding more fraud victims. Both suspects are currently in custody in the Placer County Jail.