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Multi-Agency Identity Theft Investigation

Posted 10/12/2012 10:07 AM by MDGREGORY
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Today, Thursday, October 11, 2012, members of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Investigative Task Force (ITF), Investigative Support Unit (ISU), Spokane Police Department, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Social Security Administration and a U.S. Postal Inspector served five search warrants at residences in Spokane City and Spokane County. The warrants were served at residences near the 1600 block of East Decatur, the 3800 block of East 36th, the 600 block of South Altamont, the 1900 block of North Waldo and the 4200 block of North Burns.

These warrants were the result of a large scale identity theft investigation these agencies have been investigating since mid-September, 2012. Today 24-year-old Michael Clarke Jr. was arrested at his residence near 36th and Rebecca. Clarke was charged with four counts of Forgery, one count of 2nd Degree Theft and one count of Money Laundering.

Investigators have identified over 300 victims, all of whom have had their identity stolen by Clarke. These victims are located all over the United States and many of them are active military members. The majority of the victims have had fraudulent credit card account opened by Clarke. Clarke has charged thousands of dollars on the fraudulently obtained credit cards.

This investigation is on-going and additional arrests and search warrants are expected.

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