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Police say Front Range victims of identity theft, fraud lost $100,000; 1 arrested, 2 sought

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — Investigators believe three people stole about $100,000 through identity theft and fraud in Front Range cities from Pueblo to Denver.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports (http://tinyurl.com/prel4k3 ) a suspect was arrested in Monument on Tuesday. Two other people are being sought.

Authorities say the victims number at least 50 and include individuals, merchants and banks.

Monument police Lt. Steve Burk says stolen personal and financial information was used to make purchases at retail stores. Burk declined to say how victims were chosen or how their information was obtained.

Twenty-four-year-old Geider Morales was arrested on suspicion of identity theft, money laundering, forgery, computer crimes and theft. Online jail records didn't indicate whether he has a lawyer.

Police in Monument and Colorado Springs and the El Paso County Sheriff's Department investigated the case.


Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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