Man arrested for using stolen identities to buy luxury cars and lease apartments

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LEXINGTON, KY – Besides child rapists and murderers, perhaps the most hated criminal is the one that steals your identity and uses it to run up massive debt that will never be paid. 

More often than not, sadly, people who commit this type of crime are not caught for a myriad of reasons. 

However, every now and then one of these criminals does get caught, as is the case of the Kentucky man who was using stolen identities to buy luxury vehicles and lease apartments.

Kenneth Mobley, a 39-year-old man and alleged identity thief, was recently arrested by the Lexington Police and the Kentucky State Police-Vehicle Investigations Unit. 

Police were able to recover five luxury vehicles that he allegedly purchased by using the stolen identities, the vehicles were estimated to be worth over $300,000.

Lexington Police Department reported that in March they had learned that Mobley had allegedly used a stolen identity out of Oregon along with a fraudulent check to buy a BMW vehicle. 

He also used the same method to rent an apartment and was arrested shortly afterward in Tampa, Florida.

Police had hoped that Mobley would have learned his lesson or at least played it safe while the criminal case made its way through court, but, like most criminals, they continue to commit crimes after they are released. 

Mobley again caught the attention of law enforcement when he was connected to several different crime scenes around Lexington, including a hit and run in which a Dodge Charger Hellcat was abandoned on Chestnut Street.

While researching the hit and run, they discovered that Mobley had allegedly used a California man’s identity in order to purchase the abandoned Hellcat.  He also allegedly used the same stolen identity to buy another Hellcat and two Maserati’s.

Mobley also alleged used stolen identities to rent apartments in Clearwater, Florida, Lexington, Kentucky, and Nicholasville, Kentucky. 

Police began actively looking for Mobley in connection with the identity theft and criminal use of personal information and were able to find him in his newest apartment in Nicholasville on September 3rd.  After making contact, police report that they allegedly found several illegal items and evidence of the identity theft crimes.

Police advise they found blank credit cards, two handguns, credit card re-embossing machine, checks, fake driver’s licenses out of California and New Jersey.  In addition to these items, they also located heroin and methamphetamine.

The blank credit cards and the re-embossing machine were likely used to imprint the stolen credit card numbers on the front of them with Mobley’s name on the front.  That way, whenever he utilized one of the credit cards, if he were to be asked for identification, no red flags would appear as his name was on the front. 

Often times, criminals obtain your credit card number illegally, sometimes by a gas pump skimmer or by paying employees at restaurants for the information. 

Once they get ahold of the number, they can create the credit cards with your information and you may have no idea that your number had been compromised in anyway. 

Mobley was arrested and charged with receiving goods by fraud, criminal possession of a forged instrument, identity theft, false making or embossing of credit cards, receiving of stolen property, possession of controlled substances, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  

The new economy? Looters using social media platforms and eBay to hock stolen merchandise

CHICAGO, IL.- Call it the new, new economy. Looters who stole merchandise when they weren’t “peacefully protesting” in Chicago are now hocking the merchandise on social media sites.

According to CBS2 in the Windy City, they received several videos and photos that showed people selling stolen goods on Facebook.

Last week, the FBI asked for anyone who had information on the looting that had occurred in the city to submit it; the Chicago Police Department is also seeking the same information.

Last Sunday, a woman posted a video on Facebook Live which showed looting at a strip mall, along with a van full of stolen merchandise. The video received 6,600 views, and 41 shares.

A second Facebook Live video was apparently posted a few days later, with a woman standing behind the photos and videos posted on her page and admitted that she had looted.

She was angry about people who were tagging police in the video and defended selling the stolen clothing and liquor. She referred to the stuff as stolen and admitted that she had looted.

“I don’t give no (expletive) about this sh*t. I upload stolen (expletive) 365 a year,” she said. This ain’t (expletive) first time I did this.”

Well, at least she feels remorse about ripping off stores.

CBS 2 said they turned the information over to the Chicago PD, as well as the FBI.

The FBI said:

“The FBI is currently reviewing all tips to help us identify actors who are actively instigating violence in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

We will continue to accept tips regarding violent encounters surrounding the nationwide civil unrest and urge members of the public to submit photos, videos and information to www.fbi.gov/violence.

“The continued violence & destruction of property nationwide interferes with the rights & safety of First Amendment-protected peaceful demonstrators. If you witness an unlawful, violent encounter, you can help by submitting photos or videos.”

The Commissioner of the Chicago Police Department, David Brown, said that as of last Monday, 788 arrests had been made for looting over the past nine days. Unfortunately, given the history of the Cook County District Attorney’s office under Kim Foxx, they will likely not be prosecuted.

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It is not known if either the FBI or the Chicago PD attempted to contact anyone who posted incriminating footage in trying to sell the stolen loot.

However, Facebook requires users to use their real names, and used facial recognition algorithms which “auto-tag” people in photos and videos. It would seen that might make the job of law enforcement officers easier.

Looting is actually the least of Chicago’s worries. Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot is in charge of the Midwest version of Tombstone. Or just like the mayor in Jaws, Lightfoot is the Chicago version of being the mayor of “shark city.”

 

Last week, Chicago had its deadliest day since the University of Chicago Crime Lab started tracking murders. Eighteen people were fatally shot in a single 24-hour period. Memorial Day weekend saw 25 people killed, with 85 wounded in shootings.

The Chicago emergency communications center was also overwhelmed fielding more than 65,000 911 calls, where the daily average is usually around 15,000.

In a statement, a Chicago police spokesman said:

“The level of activity experienced over the last week has been unprecedented, and the Department is actively investigating multiple incidents across the city and working to determine the motives in these cases.”

The spokesman also said that the department was “actively working to seek justice for all the residents impacted, especially those who have been killed or injured by these senseless acts of violence.”

Regarding stolen merchandise, some resale platforms have been cooperating by monitoring the merchandise listed for sale on their websites. A sneaker resale site, StockX told the Los Angeles Times last week that they would employ “any available measures to prevent the sale of stolen goods on [its] platform.”

Meanwhile, a clothing reseller, Poshmark noted they were “actively monitoring activity on our platform to ensure that stolen goods are not being sold,” noting they had not yet seen an increase in “suspiciously sourced goods.”

For those who decided to lift iPhones, Apple has announced that phones that were stolen from its retail stores have been disabled, displaying only a message which asked the thieves to return the device to the store, while warning that otherwise “local authorities will be alerted.”

Looting, of course, was not restricted to Chicago. Every major city across the country, and some not-so-major cities experienced widespread looting. In New York, police reported heavy looting during the riots (sorry, we refuse to call them protests).

According to NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo in a statement to CNN, more than 50 businesses were broken into in the SoHo district of Manhattan alone. New York officers found more than $17,000 inside one car which was seized by the department.

“The first night was complete chaos,” Pichardo said. “People walking past us with laundry bags full of things, four or five sneaker boxes. There was definitely organization, lots of cars here. A lot of people with lots of bags.”

As of last Saturday, the NYPD had made 1,049 arrests.

Meantime Los Angeles had dozens of businesses vandalized, ransacked, and burned in the Fairfax district. At least 150 people were arrested for looting during the Memorial Day weekend in LA.

We have not yet received a report from the brand new country of CHAZ, located within the borders of Seattle. 

 

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