Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy said that what could have potentially involved countless victims of mail fraud, credit card fraud, and identity theft has been nixed. Altus Police are currently investigating a case where a suspect has attempted to obtain and use credit cards, used fraudulent credit cards and fraudulent identification cards in an attempt to make purchases. He has been arrested on multiple charges and is in jail.
Murphy said that the investigation began on Saturday, Oct. 24 when Altus Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department responded to Stockman’s Bank in Altus about a report of a stolen check. The suspect, Kevin Jackson, 38, was later arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail. After obtaining a search warrant for the suspect’s vehicle, Murphy said that numerous pieces of stolen mail were recovered, along with stolen checks and lists of information compiled for what police believe to be used for identity theft. Murphy added that evidence was also discovered showing identification documents had been altered.
Police obtained another search warrant on Mondaty that was served on a residence at 813 Lila that led investigators to recover hundreds of pieces of mail belonging to residents who live in the north part of Altus. Also recovered were fraudulent identification cards, fraudulent credit cards, and personal checks made payable to victims.
“This investigation has the potential to continue for many weeks or months,” said Murphy. “Investigators will attempt to notify everyone whose mail has been recovered and encourage them to contact their credit card companies.”
Murphy said that victims are also encouraged to do a check on their own credit history. Police are certain that the suspect has attempted to obtain and use credit cards, use fraudulent credit cards and fraudulent identification cards in an attempt to make purchases.
Jackson remains incarcerated at the Jackson County Jail on charges of one count of Second Degree Forgery, one count of Obtaining the Name, Address, Social Security Number, Date of Birth or any other Personal Identifying Information of Another with the Intent to Use, Sell or Obtain Credit Goods or Property, and two counts of Creating, Publishing or Manufacturing an Identification Document, Card, Certificate or Facsimile or Possesses and Engraving Plate to Create False Cards.
Murphy added that Altus Police anticipate other arrests and additional charges being filed as this investigation continues.
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