Americans often have a bit of a romantic idea about criminality…or, at least some of it.
We have reverence for gangsters here in the United States, especially those whose main victim was the government in some form or fashion. We idolize killer cowboys and bad cops like Dirty Harry.
Heck, we even root for the bad guys in shows like Dexter and Breaking Bad.
But there are some crimes that, rightfully, get no respect whatsoever, and stealing the identities of the tragically and recently deceased is one of them.
Several people have been arrested and charged with stealing the identities of the victims of the June 24 collapse of a condominium complex in Surfside, Florida, officials announced Wednesday.
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced there will be a press conference in Miami at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday to provide further details “about the arrests made in the identity theft cases which targeted victims in the collapse of the Champlain Tower South Condominium.”
Those arrested include Betsy Alexandra Cacho Medina, 30, Rodney Choute, 38, and Kimberly Michelle Johnson, 34, the Miami Herald first reported prior to the press conference, citing law enforcement sources. Charges includes organized scheme to defraud and several counts of identity fraud.
The group was attempting to steal the identity of 5 people involved in the condo collapse, 2 of whom were still alive.
There has yet to be a definitive cause announced in the collapse, as investigators continue to meticulously comb through what evidence is left in the rubble.