Over 8,000 Identities Compromised by ID Theft Ring
ATLANTA (WAOK)-Cherokee County investigators say they have arrested two men in connection with an identity theft ring that had as many as 8,000 victims across the nation.
Robert A. Smith, 46, of Atlanta, and Robert A. Hill, 49, of Roswell- allegedly used fraudulent store credit cards to obtain high-dollar merchandise and resell it on eBay.
According to the investigation, Hill and Smith were among several suspects across the country that obtained fake driver’s licenses under victims’ names and used those identities to apply for credit at big box retailers, including Target, Sam’s Club and Walmart.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s investigators said they coordinated with the Secret Service to search and seize high end retail property from five separate locations in Fulton County.
A 1999 Lexus, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, high-end real estate and more than $91,000 in cash associated with the identity theft scheme was seized in the raid.
Investigators suspect Hill has been scamming retailers for over 15 years with approximately $9 million in loss to various victims.
Deputies say a Cherokee County resident helped unravel the operation when they reported several unauthorized credit cards had been opened in their name.
So far, 10 victims have been identified in Cherokee County, but detectives say there were many more victims all over the country.
Hill is charged with conspiracy to commit retail property fencing and violation of the Georgia RICO Act. He’s been released on $110,400 bond.
Smith is charged with five counts of identity fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit identity fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit retail property fencing and violation of the Georgia RICO Act. He’s remains in custody without bond.
Police say additional arrests in this case are anticipated.