Three face federal charges in LaPorte County identity theft scheme

Three people, including a Michigan City woman, have been charged in a large identity theft scheme.

Federal charges were handed down to 31 year old Jeneva Sutton of Michigan City, along with two others from Chicago, according to a press release.

The three are charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and unauthorized access device fraud. The two from Chicago face the brunt of the charges.

One of the Chicago suspects, 36-year-old Gregory Brown, was in LaPorte County Jail when he reportedly started offering other inmates bond repayment deals. Meanwhile, 31-year-old Shakyia Bunch allegedly stole credit card numbers from a Chicago-area hotel. Both she and Sutton used four of those those card numbers to perform eight illegal wire transfers, according to federal prosecutors.

Sutton also received payment or property from the inmates who were released using illicit funds. Over the course of the scheme, a Chrysler 300 was acquired.

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