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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