PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – A group of crooks are facing charges after stealing the identities of others to obtain at least $ 190,000 in auto loans, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

The four men used other people’s personal information and fake business names to obtain the loans online, investigators said. The victims include four national financial institutions and three separate individuals, one in Arizona, one in Nevada and one in Georgia. They used the trade names of Southwest Motor Sport Group, Coast to Coast and Redwood Stephens, police said. None of these names are linked to legitimate businesses. The program was conducted between January 22 and July 6 in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Police from both towns joined forces for “Operation Lemon Squeeze” to locate the suspects.

Two of them, Jared Carpel, 39, and Ashley Brazen, 35, were arrested and jailed on Friday. The other two, Brigida Manibusan, 70, and Leanne Chavarin, 42, were arrested and jailed earlier this week.

All four face charges of fraudulent schemes and theft by fraud. Brazen is also charged with money laundering. Manibusan also faces charges of illegal control of a business, forgery and aggravated identity theft. Additional charges that Carpel faces are the illegal control of a business, money laundering, counterfeiting, computer forgery and aggravated identity theft.


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