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Financial Crimes

The 1990's spawned a new variety of crooks called identity thieves. Their stock in trade? Your everyday transactions, which usually reveal bits of your personal information: your bank and credit card account numbers; your income; your Social Security Number; your name, address and phone number. An identity thief obtains some piece of your sensitive information and uses it without your knowledge to commit fraud or theft.

Identity theft is a serious crime. People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years - and their hard earned money - cleaning up the mess the thieves have made of their good name and credit record. Some victims have lost job opportunities, been refused loans for education, housing or cars, not including being arrested for crimes they didn't commit.

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How Identity Theft Occurs

Skilled identity thieves use a variety of methods to gain access to your personal information. For example: They get information from businesses or other institutions by: stealing records from their employers, bribing an employee who has access to these records or hacking into the organizations computers. They rummage through your trash, the trash of businesses, or dumps in a practice known as "dumpster diving." They obtain credit reports by abusing their employer's authorized access to credit reports or by posing as a landlord, employer, or someone else who may have legal right to the information. They steal credit and debit card numbers as your card is processed by using a special information storage device in a practice known as "skimming." They steal wallets and purses containing identification and credit and bank cards. They steal mail, including bank and credit card statements, pre approved credit offers, new checks or tax information. The thief completes a "change of address form" to divert your mail to another location. Once identity thieves have your personal information, they may go on spending sprees using your credit or debit cards to buy "big ticket" items that they can easily sell.




The following are persons we have active warrants for their arrest. If you have information on their whereabouts, please contact the Detective Division at (479)709-5116. You may also email information to the Detectives, by clicking on the link.

Regina Eddy WANTED Credit Card Fraud Jennifer Sexton WANTED Theft by Deception Kenneth M. Hulsey WANTED Forgery 2nd


Larry Coulter WANTED Fraud Use Credit Card