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 January 26th, 2009  
Two arrests made in huge identity theft case with more than 300 victims
 
At 3:30 this morning, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies served search warrants simultaneously at two homes in Fort Pierce, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara:

- 8206 Deland Avenue, the home of Tychell Letrein Robinson, 33 (DOB 7/15/1975); and

- 1514 Cortez Boulevard, the home of Patrice V. Johnson, 26 (DOB 9/6/1982.)

Six computer and two vehicles were seized along with ledgers containing personal identity information on several hundred victims of identity theft. Both women were arrested on charges of identity theft.

The search warrants were based on a two-year investigation of more then 300 identity theft cases on the Treasure Coast. Fort Pierce Police , the Port St. Lucie Police and the U.S. Postal Service all are participating in the investigation along with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

As of this afternoon, both suspects remained confined at the St. Lucie County jail. Robinson is being held under $10,000 bond. Johnson is being held under $45,000 bond.

The investigation is continuing. It is anticipated that there will be additional charges including charges filed by the Federal Government.

Both defendants have a number of previous arrests.

Sheriff Mascara urged members of the public to carefully examine their credit card and bank statements to look for unauthorized charges. “If there are any charges you did not authorize, you should immediately call your financial institution and provide details,” Sheriff Mascara said.

He also recommended that members of the public go to this web site to get a free credit report to see if anyone has opened up a credit card account without authorization:

www.annualcreditreport.com

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