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2 Charged in Alleged Identity Theft Ring

Posted March 14, 2008
Updated March 15, 2008

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— Two teens were arrested Friday, and two other people were being sought in connection with an alleged identity theft ring that operated along the East Coast, police said.

Raleigh police officers said they first noticed two women in a stolen vehicle at the corner of Capital Boulevard and Brentwood Road. When the officers pulled them over, they found credit cards, automated teller machine cards, checkbooks and personal information belonging to other people, said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department.

"It was then that the case began to unfold," Sughrue said.

According to court documents, the teens stole the personal property from people from Florida to Pennsylvania, including some in North Carolina.

Joyce Kasunich, whose credit cards were recovered in the case, said someone smashed a window in her sport utility vehicle and grabbed her wallet.

"Within 45 minutes, they charged $800 on my business credit card," said Kasunich, of York, Pa.

Katrina Nicole Rasul, 18, of 1061 NW 26th St. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was charged with 25 counts of financial card theft, 16 counts of identity theft, three counts of possession of stolen goods, two counts of resisting a public officer and one count each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, criminal contempt, reckless driving, fleeing to elude arrest, no operator's license and disorderly conduct.

Elissa Christine Lamb, 18, of 4050 NE 12th Terrace in Oakland Park, Fla., was charged with 25 counts of financial card theft, 13 counts of identity theft, two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, two counts of possession of stolen goods and one count of misdemeanor larceny.

"Things like identity theft and fraud happen all too often, but to see this many charges is what makes this case unique," Sughrue said.

Police were searching for Sharmon Cooley, 30, and Olivia Matthews, 18, in the case.

Sughrue said it's too early to determine the extent of damage to people who had their identities stolen.

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  • pls qt whining Mar 17, 3:25 p.m.

    These people steal because they are too sorry to work like the people that pay taxes. If they had to provide for their own well being - they would surely perish. "Oh poor me, locked up for being bad and they make me take care of myself" will be the song for sure!

  • iamforjustice Mar 17, 3:03 p.m.

    Simple..if you want to eat then you must cultivate and grow your own food and dig a well for your water. Work from sun up until sun down. Moldly bread you say dlb800? Nah that is too good. Moldly bread is very healthy bread.

  • dlb800 Mar 17, 7:44 a.m.

    The problem here is that the criminals are just going to get a
    slap on the wrist. They SHOULD get hard labor. Maybe something
    like making big rocks into little rocks, and if you choose not
    to work, then you don't get anything to eat. And food should
    be simple, plain, and CHEAP. Like bread. No meat. In fact,
    moldy bread would be good. Drink? Water only. Make prison
    a really bad place to be, MAYBE criminals will fear it.