For several weeks, detectives from the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force and 7-Eleven Store investigators reportedly conducted a joint investigation, resulting in the recent arrest of three identity theft suspects in Sacramento County, according to an official press release issued by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Marcell Horton, 30, Fremon Reaves, 29, and Jacques Houston, 20, were arrested on Wednesday, September 17 and booked into custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail for a combined 36 counts of identity theft. Each suspect is reportedly being held on $500,000.00 bail.
Detectives recovered more than $4,000 in cash and money orders, several hundred dollars worth of recently purchased merchandise, and several thousand dollars in Visa gift cards. The suspects were reportedly using stolen credit card account numbers, which detectives believe were purchased on the black market overseas. The three suspects were reportedly part of a counterfeit credit card ring believed to be responsible for over $230,000 of fraud at local 7-Eleven stores over the past several months.
Detectives are also asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two additional suspects that were reportedly conducting fraudulent transactions, and are believed to be part of this crime ring. If you have any information regarding this fraud ring or the identity of the two outstanding suspects, please contact the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department High Tech Crimes Division at 916-874-3198.