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Valley identity theft ring busted

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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2007 6:49 pm | Updated: 6:21 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

An identity-theft ring that victimized thousands of Valley residents has been busted, authorities said.

Phoenix police said the suspects cobbled together identities by using items stolen from community mailboxes and used them to obtain credit and to cash forged checks.

Two women and one man have been arrested in connection with the ring, and police were seeking two additional suspects.

A joint investigation of Phoenix police and the U.S. Postal Service recently led authorities to a Litchfield Park home containing a huge amount of stolen mail, authorities said.

Loretta Christie, the accused ringleader, was arrested Tuesday and authorities said she had at least 15 profiles, or identities, inside her vehicle. Also arrested were Christie’s boyfriend, 34-year-old Gonzalo Olmeda, and Lorraine Mendoza, 32.

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