KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
December 18, 2019
By Natalie Cook Clark
Investigators arrested eight people suspected of running a mail theft and counterfeit fraud operation in Katy.
Precinct 5 Deputies Made Arrests
Deputies with Constable Ted Heap’s Office arrested eight people in connection with an organized mail theft and counterfeit fraud operation in Katy. The Precinct 5 Major Offenders Division conducted an investigation that led to search warrants in a hotel in West Harris County in the 14800 block of Katy Freeway.
Investigators found stolen mail and fake government documents, and computer equipment commonly used to produce counterfeit materials. Several of the suspects were also found in possession of crystal meth.
Storage Units Hid Stolen Documents
As a result of the investigation, investigators discovered the suspects used several storage units to store the stolen documents. Deputies recovered a large amount of stolen mail, credit cards, checks, and other personal information.
• Meredith Walker - arrested for possession of a controlled substance, and felon in possession of a firearm. • Christine Crutcher - arrested for possession of a controlled substance and forgery. • Dean Alan Ewing - arrested for possession of a controlled substance. • Jonathan Taylor- arrested for tampering with a government document. • Guillermo Diaz - arrested for tampering with a government document, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and felon in possession of a firearm. • Kali Hubbard - arrested for tampering with a government document. • Jorge Santiago - arrested for possession of a controlled substance and tampering with a government document. • Marc Anthony Parker - arrested on an open felony warrant for unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Mail theft is considered a federal crime. Investigators have turned their findings over to the U.S. Postal Inspector who could charge the suspects with federal offenses. The U.S. Postal Service will notify possible victims.
Don’t Be A Victim of Mail Theft
Crime always increases around the holidays and authorities advise residents to ensure the safety of your mail and identity.
· Always check mail regularly.
· Arrange for family or a trusted neighbor to check your mail if you're going out of town, or register with the post office to put a hold on your mail.
· Shred junk mail because thieves can still access your information on it.
· Report any potential mail theft to your post office.
· Place cameras visible in the front of your house pointed at your mailbox.