Arrest made in alleged identity theft ring

Ellen Macmullan, 62, accused of passing fraudulent checks

By Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter

SAN ANTONIO, TX - Ellen Macmullan, 62, has been arrested in connection with a fraud case involving one victim.  However, Olmos Park police believe she is connected to a more widespread identity theft operation.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, a woman filed a report with Olmos Park police in July, saying that someone had been passing checks at businesses all over town with her last name and address on them.

The affidavit stated that the woman told police she had received phone calls from those businesses seeking payment for the checks which had been returned by the bank. Although the checks had the woman’s last name and address, they featured an incorrect bank routing number and a different first name, the affidavit stated.

Police said they reviewed surveillance video from the businesses and identified Macmullan as the woman who had passed the checks, totaling more than $500, at the businesses.

The affidavit stated that investigators believe she is connected to an organized group that had been stealing people’s mail and obtaining their personal information in order to commit identity theft.

Macmullan was booked into the Bexar County jail Sunday on a charge of fraudulent use of identifying information.

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