Identity theft ring busted

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

Grayson County Sheriff’s investigators have busted an identity theft ring spanning from Ardmore to Fort Worth.

Eight people have been arrested so far. Investigators first became aware of the ring after deputies pulled over a car in Denison on Sunday.

Inside the car, they found checks, blank checks, credit card receipts, and other items believed to be used for identity theft.

Included in the receipts, and among the potential victims, was a purchase made by Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary.

It all started on Sunday in what appeared to be a routine traffic stop in Denison. It turned out to be something a lot larger than what investigators ever expected.

Jeanise Ann Smith, 29, Sharon Denise Smith, 35, of Denison, and Ashley Michelle Pyle were the first three people arrested in the investigation.

When deputies searched the car the women were riding in, they found checks, blank checks, credit card receipts, and other items believed to be used for identity theft.

Investigators also found stolen mail and credit card machines, which were found at a home in Denison a day later.

Investigators believe a bulk of the receipts found came from a Sherman restaurant no longer in service.

One of them was a purchase by Grayson County Sheriff Keith Gary.

The evidence recovered has been turned over to the U.S. Postal Service inspectors out of Fort Worth.

Grayson County Sheriff’s office investigators would like to thank the Postal Service, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, and Paris Police Department in helping them make arrests.


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  • by emily on Dec 15, 2007 at 06:11 PM
    well id like to say to anonymous,obviously you know something you shouldnt, and as for the people above yes they are guilty, others they brought into this are not but thats why its called conspiracy, and to david why ten years do really think that would rehabilitate them or make it worse?
  • by nikkie Location: mckinney on Jul 5, 2007 at 06:29 PM
    when will this end? it is getting worse everyday. Innocent people end up paying the price. it doesnt help that after all this you can still go to a store not get id and not have to sign a reciept for a credit card. We are making it so easy for these people and it needs to stop. TODAY
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2007 at 06:12 PM
    the term "innocent until proven guilty" is just a term or a formality the system uses, when infact they are all guilty check all of their previous charges!there are more people involved in this, wether they are cought or not!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2007 at 06:02 PM
    SOME PEOPLE DO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON AND TOLD THOSE INVOLVED TO STOP THIS IS WHAT IT TAKES THEM TO STOP AND THAT THEY ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2007 at 08:08 AM
    It is sad for them to have known but then want to finally put someone in jail when Keith Gary is involved oops they go to jail now, its like screw the citizens but let a cop or judge be involved and they are all over it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2007 at 08:13 PM
    what happen to you are innocent until proving guilty all these people want to jump to conculison and dont even know the whole story and some of these people will never beleive them anyway cause they are simple minded
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2007 at 01:57 PM
    THIS IS A SAD SITUATION, WHEN YOU REALIZE DETECTIVES HAVE KNOWN, AND HAD INSIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FOR OVER A YEAR. IT TAKES GETTING THE SHERIFF KEITH GARY'S CREDIT INVOLVED FOR THEM TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT!
  • by Concerned Location: Citizen on Apr 6, 2007 at 10:25 AM
    This all comes down to one thing...drugs. It is getting worse by the day. It is an easy way for people addicted to drugs to get money. Very sad world we live in!
  • by Robert Location: Oklahoma on Apr 6, 2007 at 09:11 AM
    I hope stories like this one make people stop and realize why businesses will sometimes ask for ID when they are cashing checks or accepting checks from customers they are not familiar with. I work for a bank
  • by Krissi Perez Location: Denton on Apr 6, 2007 at 12:03 AM
    How stupid do you really have to be to try to steal the identity of the Sheriff of the county that you live in?
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