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Crime Trackers: PCSD takes down major crime ring

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Pima County Sheriff's detectives recently arrested four people on identity theft, fraud and theft charges. Pima County Sheriff's detectives recently arrested four people on identity theft, fraud and theft charges.
TUCSON - A major Miami crime ring was taken down in Tucson.

Pima County Sheriff's detectives recently arrested four people on identity theft, fraud and theft charges.

Investigators said they hacked into bank accounts, wrote checks and withdrew money using fake ID's.

It appears the group was targeting Wells Fargo banks, but so far, detectives said they were only able to cash a $4,900 check on April 28.

"Thanks to the efforts of Wells Fargo bank employees who were made aware of this particular scam,"Detective Brian Greeno said.

The FBI called it a "Account Bustout", meaning suspects go to the banks with fraudulent checks and withdraw funds from an legitimate account that's been hacked. Once the bank realizes the check is bogus the account is "busted", and the bank is out the cash. 

The FBI told detectives they've been investigating this ring for the last three years. Detective Greeno said the FBI told them, "They've made 25 arrests and that they were actually looking for two of the men who were involved in our situation here."

Humberto Lopez, his son Brayner, Yasmanie Rodriguez and Joan Clemente were booked into the Pima County Jail earlier this month.

All are from the Miami-area and were charged with theft, fraud and identity theft.

Detectives said a teller at the Wells Fargo Bank at Swan Road and Sunrise Drive realized the $4,900 check Humberto Lopez was attempting to cash was fake.

The Sheriff's department was immediately called, leading to his arrest.

The next day, a woman going by the name of Dulce Miranda Cruz attempted to cash a $7,100 check at the Wells Fargo at Cortaro Farms Road and Thornydale Road. Another teller became suspicious and they called the owner of the account in Alaska. The owner said that was not a legitimate transaction.

The woman got nervous and left, but she also left behind her passport. Detectives don't know if Dulce Miranda Cruz is her real name, or if the documents were forged. They are seeking the public's aid in identifying her.

Deputies were called, and arrested Yasmanie Rodriguez.

Armed with a search warrant, detectives searched a room at the Holiday Inn Express in Marana.

"We found multiple ID's with multiple different names, dates of births but with our suspects photographs on them," said Greeno. "They were planning something big."

News 4 Tucson contacted Wells Fargo and they sent out this statement.

"Wells Fargo's top concern is the safety and well being of our customers and team members and we are thankful no one was harmed during this robbery."

The investigation is far from over. Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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