crime ring boss gets 25 years in prison for stealing
thousands of personal identities and counterfeiting credit
cards to buy high-end goods to be resold on Craigslist and
eBay. Christopher Aragon, the ring leader,
hired a crew of primarily women to make purchases for him.
These women traveled throughout California and to Las Vegas
to purchase high-end goods. Christopher Aragon and his
co-defendants resold the merchandise on eBay and Craigslist.
Clara Aragon hired an employee solely to sell stolen goods
on eBay. On May 12, 2007, Aragon and Shitrit entered
Bloomingdale's at Fashion Island, Newport Beach, and used
fake and fraudulent American Express and Visa cards to make
purchases totaling over $13,000. They purchased Coach
handbags, men's and women's clothing, and watches. Newport
Beach police officers were alerted when the scan of the
magnetic encoding on the back of a credit card did not match
the imprint of the card. Christopher Aragon and Shitrit were
arrested in the parking lot and a search of Christopher
Aragon's vehicle led to over 50 forged credit and gift
cards, and fraudulent California driver's licenses bearing
various names with Christopher Aragon's photo. During the
investigation, hundreds of forged credit and gift cards and
fraudulent California driver's licenses were discovered at
Christopher Aragon's home and high-end goods were found at
his and his wife's business office. Similar items were found
at other co-defendants' homes when searched. At Shirit's
Aliso Viejo apartment, investigators found a forgery lab
designed to encode credit cards in the process of being set
up, and credit card writers, and thumb drives with thousands
of hacked and stolen credit card numbers.
Novi, Michigan Eye care store hit for $25,000 in merchandise
by burglars. The Town &
Country Eye Care store in Novi was burglarized, door pried
open and the power was cut. Stolen were 40 pairs of Maui Jim
sunglasses, and Gucci frames. Several other burglaries in
the area were reported during the same time frame.
An organized shoplifting crew made off with high-end
handbags worth more than $5,000 on Oct. 21 at Nordstrom in
Pleasanton, Calif. Police say a similar crime
was reported recently in Los Altos.
Yuba City, California suspects nailed at The Home Depot;
Theft, Fraudulent identities and Mail theft.
The three suspects were arrested for loading
up an ice chest with merchandise and purchasing the chest at
a Oroville Home Depot. When Police stopped the vehicle,
inside was evidence of identity theft, credit card
information, stolen personal and business checks and stolen
US mail from at least 25 Yuba City Residents.
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