August 10, 2017

New York Woman Arrested in Cell Phone Fraud Scheme

A New York woman, who was stealing identities and opening fraudulent cell phone accounts, was caught in the act and arrested by Slidell Police late last week.
An alert Sprint employee contacted SPD last Friday (August 4, 2017) when she recognized Yarenis De La Cruz (32) of Bronx, New York, as being the woman responsible for opening several fraudulent cell phone accounts. An inter-office email, sent by the Sprint Corporation, alerted employees about De La Cruz. De La Cruz was going from city to city, acquiring new cell phones on pre-existing customer accounts by utilizing fake identifications, and selling the phones online.
De La Cruz had active warrants from the Lafayette Police Department and the Broussard Police Department for theft and fraud related charges in relation to the Sprint fraud case. When SPD arrested her, De La Cruz had six suspected stolen Apple iPhones and one Apple iPad in her possession. More charges are expected to be filed against De La Cruz, as the investigation continues.

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