CMPD busts financial theft ring accused of stealing $300K

CMPD busts financial theft ring accused of stealing $300K

Credit: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office

Phillip Harris, charged with financial crimes.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in conjunction with the United States Secret Service have arrested 10 people following an extensive financial crimes investigation.

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 8:53 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in conjunction with the United States Secret Service have arrested 10 people following an extensive financial crimes investigation.

A total of 11 suspects were identified through the investigation, 10 of which have been arrested, leaving one man wanted by authorities.

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Authorities believe the 11 suspects are an organized group who obtained, consumed and deposited stolen checks, and stole identity and banking information for a significant profit.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say the suspects have no documented employment, and the group is connected to several hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent funds that originated with the victimization of community members.

Beginning on May 10, CMPD and the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office issued arrest and search warrants for the 11 suspects.

In the process, authorities say they recovered account numbers and identity information of more than 50 victims as well as two guns.

Police say the group stole more than $300,000.

The funds originated with street crime victimizations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, York County, Iredell County, Gaston County, Union County, Catawba County and Cabarrus County, according to police.

Additional charges are likely, officials say, as the investigation is on-going.

If you have any information regarding these crimes or any of the suspects, please call (704) 432-2606.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the remaining wanted suspect, Martell Mackey, please call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

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