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Four Californians arrested in cell phone fraud case

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 14:04:35-04

Four California residents have been arrested in a scheme to obtain cell phones under accounts set up with false names.

Boise Police say the four -- Brittany A. Terry, 20, of Lakewood; Karina Flores, 21, of Anaheim; Joseph P. Jancu, 21, of Fullerton; and Jeromy V. Reeves, 37, of Anaheim -- traveled to Boise from California with the intent of committing the fraud.

Officers initially responded to a “fraud in progress” call at a cellular phone store near the intersection of Milwaukee Street and Emerald Street at 12:54 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Reports indicate two women were in the store trying to obtain merchandise using false identities. Officers were able to detain the two as they left the store, as well as two men who were waiting for the women in a car in the store’s parking lot. 

Officers say they found evidence the women had tried to obtain several cell phones under accounts set up with false names. Information indicates the group had made similar fraudulent account agreements at several other local cell phone stores previously. “The personal information used by the female suspect, identified as Terry, was found to belong to an actual female victim,” according to a Boise Police Department news release. 

Terry faces two counts each of felony burglary and criminal conspiracy, Flores faces one count each of felony burglary and criminal conspiracy, Jancu and Reeves were arrested arrest on one count of criminal conspiracy.