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Excise Police Dismantling Identity Theft Ring
Updated May 5, 2013 12:12 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana State Excise police raided a dozen businesses across Indiana Monday.

John LaBerge, of News8 reports, the raids were part of an investigation into a large identity theft ring. Officers served warrants in a number of communities, such as Lawrenceburg, Greenwood and Lafayette.

In Batesville, excise police took eight workers of the Acapulco restaurant in custody.

"State excise police officers are looking for evidence of corrupt business influence, money laundering, theft, forgery, and a number of other related charges," commented Corporal Travis Thickston with Indiana Excise Police.

From Lawrenceburg to Lafayette, Indiana state excise police are dismantling what they call one of the largest identity theft rings in the state.

Thickson says there were at least 108 people that were using fraudulent social security numbers or stolen social security numbers.

When asked if he was a legal resident of the United States, Rapadilla replied, "Maybe yes, maybe not, I'm not sure."

The 18-month investigation was sparked after an agent noticed "irregularities" in the identification of one of the workers. Monday morning agents served warrants on 13 businesses including 5 Acapulco Mexican restaurants, four homes, and seven banks.

At last count, authorities had seized more than $1.6 million.

Most of the 108 people being sought as part of this investigation are employees, owners, or managers at the five restaurants. Excise police say that among the businesses being served is a tax preparation service in Greenwood.

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