Elderly Floridians targeted in massive statewide car fraud case


Two arrests have been made and five suspects are being sought in a major statewide identity fraud scam centered in Volusia County. Investigators say the personal information of victims was stolen in order to secure fraudulent loans to buy new vehicles at a dealership in Daytona Beach. 14 identity fraud victims have been confirmed so far with dozens more potential victims scattered around the state. The case has been dubbed, 'Operation Soul Stingers.'

"For these suspects to prey specifically on our elderly, two of which are deceased," Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young said, "is reprehensible."

The illegal vehicle purchases total over $350,000. Police says the defendants created fake identification cards and papers using stolen Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and other information to open credit lines to buy seven KIA vehicles. The vehicles include three Stingers, two Souls, a Forte and a K5.

Detectives say at least four of the ID theft victims are over the age of 90.

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