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|Newhall Couple Arrested for Counterfeit Check and ID Theft Operation|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:35|
SANTA CLARITA (CNS) - A man and a woman suspected of pulling partially-shredded checks from a Valencia storage facility trash bin have been charged with stealing more than $16,000 from 20 Santa Clarita Valley businesses and individuals in an identity theft and check counterfeiting operation, a sheriff's deputy said.
Grant Lind, 49, and Tammy Combe, 37, were arrested after Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives in October served a search warrant at their Newhall residence and seized hundreds of bank account numbers, fake and stolen IDs and identity profiles, check making equipment and counterfeit checks, said sheriff's Sgt. Steven Rohrbach.
Investigators suspect Lind and Combe reassembled the shredded checks, which they pulled from a trash bin at Valencia Self Storage in the 27800 block of Smythe Drive, and obtained routing and bank account numbers to produce more than 30 counterfeit checks, which they negotiated in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys in Los Angeles County and Simi Valley in Ventura County, Rohrbach said.
The investigation began in August after personnel from a Castaic church alerted authorities that numerous counterfeit checks had cost the church about $1,100 in losses, he said.
A criminal complaint was filed against Lind and Combe on April 18 alleging felony counts of identity theft, check forgery, commercial burglary, grand theft, false impersonation, receiving stolen property and unauthorized credit card use, Rohrbach said.
Lind was jailed in Ventura County jail in lieu of $850,000 bail and Combe at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to online booking records.
Combe is next due in Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles on June 21.