Attorney General announces indictment in multistate scheme to steal cash, products from businesses

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the Statewide Grand Jury has indicted six individuals involved in an elaborate scam to steal thousands of dollars in cash advances and products from banks and businesses in Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah and Wisconsin. The indicted suspects are Stacy “Dame Fame” Damon Harris (DOB: 11/9/1973), Tangelar “Tangie” Annette Houston (DOB: 9/22/1976), Dumarco “Deco” Marty (DOB: 12/25/1988), Salina Patrice Lactaoen (DOB: 8/21/1988), Darnell Plazmerell Meals (DOB: 2/16/1988) and Tenisha Nicole Kuykendall DOB: 8/29/1977).

According to the indictment, the ringleader, Harris, and the other suspects created fake credit cards and obtained a 1-800 number, which they printed on the back of the fake credit cards. They are suspected of taking the credit cards to banks and other businesses and asking for a cash advance or to make a purchase. According to the indictment, when the banks or businesses were unable to authenticate the fake credit cards, employees called the number which rang to people involved in the alleged fraud scheme. The fraud ring is suspected of talking the businesses’ employees through manual overrides and thus freeing up the cash advances or purchases.

The ring is suspected of stealing more than $65,000 from Colorado banks and businesses alone.

“This indictment effectively shuts down a multistate fraud ring that stole thousands of dollars from banks and other businesses across Colorado and across the region,” Suthers said. “We will continue to pursue fraud schemes of this nature.”

The Office of the Attorney General obtained the indictment with the assistance of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Prosecutors will present the case in Adams County District Court.

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