Traffic stop leads to arrest of identity theft suspect

Monica Moreno, 29, charged with fraud


SAN ANTONIO – A traffic stop has led to the arrest of Monica Moreno, 29, in connection with a crime unrelated to driving. San Antonio police believe she was involved in identity theft for at least two years.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, officers stopped a car in the 2900 block of Roosevelt in October 2013 for having an expired registration sticker. Moreno was a passenger in the vehicle, and when officers ran a check on her and the driver, they realized they both had outstanding warrants, the affidavit stated.

Officers said they searched the car and found a log book with other people’s identifying information, counterfeit money and checks made out to other people, the affidavit stated.

San Antonio police notified the Secret Service due to the counterfeit currency. The affidavit stated that when agents searched Moreno’s home, they found more counterfeit checks and identifying information as well as a computer used to generate the bogus items, the affidavit stated.

Detectives recently reviewed the files and contacted some of the people whose information had been stolen. Based on conversations with those people, police began pursuing the case against Moreno.

A warrant was issued for her arrest Tuesday and she was taken into custody the following day. Moreno was booked into jail on one count of fraudulent use of identifying information.



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