Fraudulent Operation Selling Fake Identities for Bitcoin Sees Third Person Plead Guilty
A third defendant has recently decided to plead guilty in a case that is happening in Toledo, Ohio. The defendant is being accused of being a part of a scam that created fake ID rings and could have netted around $4.7 million USD.
Now, Sarah Alberts has confessed to the charges of conspiracy, money laundering and possessing with the intent of unlawful transfer. She was a part of a large operation that would distribute fake driver’s licenses, as well as other ID documents.
The criminals operated around the whole country using Reddit in order to communicate with their clients. According to the investigators, the group acted from 2013 to 2018. So far, three people were arrested in relation to these crimes.
Local police apprehended a considerable amount of money which was linked to the crime. $7,000 USD in cash was taken to the police station, but also a thumb drive that contained around $4.7 million USD worth of Bitcoin (BTC), as well as precious metals such as gold and silver and the total of 6 pre-paid Bitcoin debit cards.
The other two of the gang, Aaron Kuns and Mark Alex Simon, have also pleaded guilty to the authorities after they were arrested for the crime. Their crime was a conspiracy to launder money, but Simon also pleaded guilty to transferring false ID documents as well.
While the money that was acquired illegally was taken from Alberts, the police are still looking for the money that belongs to Simon and Kuns.
The investigation is still not over and the accused may be charged with more crimes until the trial. The sentence is set to be out on October 8. Another participant of the group, Benjamin Stalets, was also formally charged, but he has not pleaded guilty up until the time of this report.
The trio distributed several illegal documents during the course of six years. Simon acted as the leader of the group and would receive the orders from Reddit. Kuns would produce the fake IDs and Albert mailed the packages.
Simon, the head of the operation, paid Kuns using crypto, while Alberts used the precious metals listed before.