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Investigators warn of fraud after ID theft arrest

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Posted: Feb 10, 2014 5:10 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Feb 10, 2014 5:45 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: id theft, credit cards, mail stolen, west feliciana parish, chanel gray

BATON ROUGE - Authorities urged people to check their credit card statements after State Police and West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman on suspicion of ID theft.

State Police said Monday that investigators believe Chanel Gray, 30, of Jackson stole mail out of people's mailboxes in West Feliciana Parish and used the mail to open fake credit card accounts.

Investigators said they were first tipped off to the scheme last year when someone living outside the state contacted them and said their card had been used in East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana parishes. They said the victim believed their mail had been taken from their former address in West Feliciana Parish.

Sheriff's deputies and State Police said after they identified Gray as a suspect and searched her home, they found numerous pieces of mail which were addressed to people in West Feliciana Parish.

Detectives said they believe there could be more victims out there, and urged people to check their credit card statements and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement. Investigators also suspect Gray was not acting alone, and asked asking anyone with additional information to call the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office at (225) 784-3136, Louisiana State Police Detectives at (225) 925-7282, or their local law enforcement agency.

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