Miami Dade law enforcement has put three faces on revolting cyber crimes.
Surfside ID thief
Miami-Dade prosecutors say that woman and two other people who stole the identities of seven Surfside victims are now in custody. The alleged crimes started about two weeks after the condo building collapsed and five of the victims died in the collapse in June.
Cyber Grave Robbers
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle says the suspects, two women and a man, stole about $45-thousand from the dead.
Betsy Alejandra Cacho-Medina, 30, Kimberly Michelle Johnson, 34, and Rodney Choute, 38, are behind bars on multiple counts of identity theft and fraud.
“Cyber grave robbers did move very quickly after the collapse to grab what they could while family and friends were in absolute emotional turmoil,” Fernandez Rundle said.
The investigation is being conducted by local law enforcement, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service. It is still ongoing and more victims and suspects could emerge, Fernandez Rundle said.
Bond is set at $1 million for Cacho-Medina. Johnson is being held on $500,000 bond and Choute’s bond stands at $430,000.
Nearly 98 people died when the 12-story condo came down in the middle of the night on June 24.