Fourth person charged with stealing identity documents from Surfside victims

TRAGEDY. 28 people have been found dead. | Photo: EFE

A fourth person was charged with stealing the identities of victims of the South Florida condo collapse in Surfside that killed 98 people, authorities said.

The last: Nelson Ronaldo García-Medina, 20, was arrested Wednesday, but his name was not included at the request of Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle.

  • García-Medina is the brother of Betsy Alejandra Cacho-Medina, 30, who was arrested Wednesday morning along with Kimberly Michelle Johnson, 34, and Rodney Choute, 38.
  • Each of them faces between 15 and 30 years in prison. Cacho-Medina, García-Media, Choute and Johnson remained in the Miami-Dade jail.
  • García-Medina is accused of assuming the identity of a person killed in the June 24 collapse of the South Champlain Towers to buy a pair of $ 130 Air Jordan shoes, local media reported.

What do they say? “These individuals appear to be very skilled identity thieves, they are professionals,” Fernandez Rundle said Wednesday. “Except for their names, almost nothing else about them appears to be true.”

  • Authorities were first notified of the possible fraudulent activity on July 9, when the sister of one of the deceased victims contacted Surfside police, authorities said.
  • The sister had observed password changes on the victim’s bank accounts and credit cards, as well as new addresses and contact information.

Main source of the news: ABC News

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