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Couple arrested for fraud, other offenses involving 70 victims in 4 states

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Posted at 9:36 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 22:37:15-04

A couple was arrested after an investigation revealed fraud spanning 70 victims, 4 states, and 24 stolen credit card numbers.

On Friday, February 2, 2018, Limestone County Investigator Sergeant Jason Ash received a report of fraudulent activity involving stolen credit card numbers and the purchase of commercial truck tires in two separate transactions at a tire store in Limestone County totaling over $9,891.

The owner of the tire store alerted the sheriff's office that the suspect was targeting another store in Freestone County.

During surveillance of the targeted store, the suspect arrived and attempted to pick up additional commercial truck tires that were purchased with a different stolen credit card number. The suspect, identified as Brandon Alexander of Garland/ Dallas, was arrested and his fake Texas driver license was confiscated.

Sgt. Ash continued the investigation into Alexander and discovered additional transactions involving additional stolen credit card numbers dating back to July 2017.

After Alexander bonded out of Freestone County Jail, Sgt. Ash later learned Alexander's fraudulent activity continued and that his wife, Eboni Arps, was also involved.

The case was forwarded to the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas and obtained warrants of arrest for Alexander and Arps. Both were arrested and are currently awaiting trial.

The investigation identified over 70 merchant victims spanning 4 states- Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Twenty-four different stolen credit card numbers were involved with a combined loss exceeding $355,000.

Alexander and Arps were linked to multiple vehicles that were acquired via bank fraud.