Archive for Thursday, January 15, 2009

Eight arrested in De Soto identity theft ring

January 15, 2009

Johnson County Sheriff’s officers arrested eight people Friday morning at a De Soto business and another person in Olathe as part of an alleged identity theft ring.

Master Deputy Tom Erickson, a sheriff’s spokesman, said seven people were arrested on identity theft charges and two other men were arrested on charges of dealing false identification documents. The suspects will await the filing of formal charges.

The investigation began in October, and eight of the suspects were arrested at Engineered Air in De Soto. Agents with the Kansas Department of Revenue, federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers and the Johnson County district attorney’s office assisted in the investigation and arrests.

Erickson said the De Soto business is not being investigated for any illegal activity.

The people suspected in the identity theft ring are accused of using the stolen documents.

Benito Dominguez and Jose Dominguez, who are father and son, were arrested and charged with Dealing in False Identification and Benito Dominguez has an additional charge of Unlawful Use of an Identification Card. They both have $10,000 bonds and will have their first appearance in court today at 1:30.

Arrested and charged with identity theft were Claudia Romero, Victor Alfonso Hernandez-Dominguez, Aristeo Cruz Benito, Ricardo Santos-Santos, Luis Gerardo Haro-Gonzalez, David Hernandez-Luna and Misael Cruz-Nicolas.

All were bond over in Johnson County Jail with a $5,000 bond.

County and federal officials are still trying to determine whether the suspects are illegal immigrants, Erickson said.

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