Pair charged in ID theft operation

Emily Benson, Dustin Watters face additional charge


SAN ANTONIO – A man and woman already in trouble with the law face an additional charge in connection with what San Antonio police describe as an identity theft operation.    

This latest alleged crime involved tapping into an elderly man's life savings. 

According to an arrest affidavit, 29-year-old Emily Benson committed some of the crimes under a fake name and using a fake ID.  

The affidavit stated Benson also had counterfeit checks made with the 86-year-old man's bank information printed on them and used the checks to buy a $4,800 truck. 

She also stole hundreds of dollars in cash, police said. Police believe Benson and 34-year-old Dustin Watters were involved in the ID theft operation.  

The pair originally was arrested last month at a motel where police said they also found stacks of other people's mail, fake drivers licenses, a credit card making machine and other equipment that helped them commit fraud.

Although both of them were taken into custody last month, the new charge was added Tuesday.

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