CORAL SPRINGS, FL – When Coral Springs police were ready to take Chukwuemeka Chinye into custody for fraud-related charges, they found on him three phones, 12 credit cards belonging to many victims, and three fake identities, police said.
It was the culmination of work by Coral Springs Detective Brett Schroy and the Economic Crimes Unit in investigating Chinye and Karen Munroe who police said stole the identity of one person, opened a TD Bank account in the victim’s name, diverted the person’s mail, and eventually stole a $20,000 check.
As part of the investigation, a search warrant for the phones found on Chinye and subpoenas of Chinye’s and Munroe’s bank accounts led to extensive evidence of bank fraud, aggravated ID theft, grand theft, and credit card fraud involving an additional nine victims for a total loss of $200,000, police said.
On July 1, in federal court, Chinye pleaded to 65 months in prison, instant deportation upon his release, and five years of probation, police said. He will not be cooperating in Munroe’s defense, they said.
Coral Springs police made the investigation public this week.
According to investigators, the original victim was from Orlando but the crime was committed in Coral Springs. The nine other victims were local and from other states. Chinye lived in Miramar but had close ties to Coral Springs. The bank was in Coral Springs.
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