Knoxville authorities arrest two for identity theft trafficking following FBI investigation

Officials are working to identify all the victims impacted.
Charles Hutchinson, Jessica Sanchez
Charles Hutchinson, Jessica Sanchez(KPD)
Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 9:15 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Two people were arrested in Knoxville and accused of identity theft after officers discovered numerous fraudulent debit, credit and gift cards.

Officers conducted a search warrant at the home of 36-year-old Jessica Sanchez who had been arrested on Tuesday for driving a vehicle that was reported stolen out of California.

According to police, Sanchez was in possession of numerous debit, credit and gift cards. Five of the prepaid debit cards were verified fraudulent. Police said they swiped the cards through a card reader which showed the information from the magnetic strip was different than the information printed on the card.

A Detective with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Identity Theft Task Force and the FBI White Collar Crime Task Force verified the five individuals whose names were printed on the cards were victims of identity theft.

Officers said they discovered an Asus laptop, an Apple iMac, a credit card embosser, credit card reader and writer, an ID badge printer, scanner, check stock and numerous other items used in identity theft.

While searching the home, police said they came in contact with Charles Hutchinson, 29, who lived at the home with Sanchez.

According to court documents, a credit card with Hutchinson’s name on it was located in a wallet. The credit card reportedly had been altered and encoded with the credit card information belonging to an account for another person.

According to authorities, numerous ledgers that contained personal information from several other people were located in the home. A clear bag of suspected meth was also found.

Sanchez is charged with theft of property over $10,000, possession of meth with intent to sell, identity theft trafficking and criminal simulation.

Hutchinson is charged with criminal simulation, possession of meth with intent to sell and identity theft trafficking.

Officials are working to identify all the victims impacted.

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