The building, which collapsed on June 24 in the Surfside area of Miami, Florida, United States, fell like a bomb on the global agenda. As dozens of people lost their lives in this tragic incident, the United States was rocked by yet another scandal months after the disaster. Three people were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly using the identities of Surfside victims to open bogus credit and debit cards in order to spend thousands of dollars.
THEY STRIKE THE IDENTITY OF THE VICTIMS
Authorities first discovered that Surfside victims had their identities stolen by an unidentified hacker in July, and urged the families of the victims to verify their credits, Business Inside reported.
“It’s terrible, I think right now all of South Florida is anxious to face the people who could do such a terrible thing,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told WPLG.
A PENALTY OF 15-30 YEARS MAY BE SEEN
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Betsy Alejandra Cacho-Medina (30), Rodney Choute (38) and Kimberly Michelle Johnson (34), who will be charged with several counts, including fraud and forgery, were arrested on Wednesday morning. The trio face 15 to 30 years in prison if found guilty.
THEY ACT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CHALLENGE
“It was time for a group of alleged identity thieves to make money,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said at a press conference, noting that cyber Tomb raiders had acted too quickly after the collapse to get what they could from the dead victims.
During the press conference, authorities released an audio clip of a woman, real name Medina, who introduced herself as “Mrs. Ortiz”, who survived the Surfside crash and asked for a card. spare. Security camera footage revealed a total of $ 2,500 was spent on the woman’s credit card, including her Versace bag.