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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Skiatook Woman Charged with 14 Counts of Aggravated Identity Theft

In November, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Crystal Lynne Clark, 54, of Skiatook, with 14 counts of aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.  

Clark allegedly used credit card information from multiple victims to purchase gift cards. She then provided her associates with the gift card information. Clark also allegedly used the victims’ credit cards to make numerous personal purchases.

"Money mules facilitate fraud schemes by receiving funds from victims and forwarding that money to co-conspirators," said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. "Identity theft and fraud schemes can be financially crippling to their victims. That's why I am proud of the excellent investigative work done by the Postal Inspector and Skiatook Police Department."

Recruiters of money mules lure their candidates in many different ways. This year, cases involving romance scams were reported on the rise, with criminals increasingly recruiting money mules on online dating sites and grooming their victims over time to convince them to open bank accounts under the guise of sending or receiving funds.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Skiatook Police Department are conducting the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Victor A.S. Régal is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Contact: 
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Updated December 4, 2019