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Suspected ID theft ring leader arrested
A nearly two-month investigation launched by the Kitsap County Sheriffs Department after fake checks were passed at a local casino led to the arrest of the suspected leader of an alleged forgery and theft identity operation at a South Kitsap motel last week.
According to the incident report, Glen Lawrence McGuirk, 42, was arrested at the Days Inn Hotel in Port Orchard Tuesday with the assistance of the Port Orchard Police Department after another home in Port Orchard and one in Poulsbo were searched and four others were arrested last month.
McGurik was booked into Kitsap County Jail for four felonies, including one count each of forgery, identity theft and possessing stolen property.
He is currently being held in lieu of $135,000 bail.
Local law enforcement first learned of the alleged theft operation Sept. 21 after gaming authorities at Clearwater Casino reported six checks that had been cashed for money were returned to the casino as fraudulent.
On Oct. 18, officers from Suquamish Police Department responded to the casino again at the request of casino authorities and arrested a male and a female suspected of trying to cash forged checks similar to the fake ones that had been cashed in September.
The two arrested at the casino were Cody James Adkins, 21, of Port Orchard, and Kimberly Lynn Morgan, 45, a Bremerton resident.
Both were charged with felony identity theft and are currently being held in KItsap County Jail under $50,000 bail.
According to the Sheriffs Department, McGuirk was the registered owner of the car driven by Reihl and Adkins, which was impounded from the casino parking garage and later searched.
The next day, deputies and a detective from the Poulsbo Police Department searched a residence in the 24000 block of NE Snowhill Lane in Poulsbo.
There they collected additional evidence including computers and related accessories used in the manufacturing of fake monetary documents and other items utilized in the commission of fraud.
Two people a 37-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman were also arrested at the residence. Both were booked into Kitsap County Jail for identity theft and violation of the uniform controlled substance act, and both are being held under $50,000 bail.
After the arrests in Poulsbo, POPD officers assisted in the search of a residence on the 400 block of Harrison Street, where several unrelated arrests were made.
Evidence collected during the investigation ultimately led Sheriffs deputies to McGuirks location at the Days Inn hotel, where they arrested him, along with a 20 year-old Port Orchard woman, who was arrested on narcotics-related charges.
According to spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson, Sheriffs detectives are still compiling data, evidence and information. So far, at least 65 individuals and businesses are believed to have been victims of single or multiple incidents of fraud, identity theft, mail theft, forgery, burglary and vehicle prowling all allegedly attributed to McGuirk and his cohorts.
In a prepared statement, Detective Tim Keeler said the investigation is ongoing.
As evidence is processed, we are finding more victims, Keeler said. The dollar amount obtained through this criminal activity has not been finalized, but my estimate is that its in the tens of thousands of dollars. I believe that this figure will increase substantially.
Boyer also released a statement, stating that fraud, identity theft and forgery is the No. 1 criminal activity (in Kitsap County). We will pursue these types of investigations as thoroughly as possible with evidence available.
Boyer added that citizens can take steps to protect themselves from identity theft.
I urge the public to guard their personal identification and financial information zealously, he said. In this digital age, compromised or stolen information can be transmitted instantaneously, and victims may not become aware of the damage for days, weeks or months.
The Sheriffs Department, in conjunction with the Washington State Patrol and the Kitsap County Prosecutors Office, will present information and strategies on preventing fraud and identity theft at the Silverdale Community Center, 9729 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, Central Kitsap, on Wednesday, Dec. 1.
Persons with information about suspected fraud, identity theft, forgery, etc., are asked to contact Sheriffs Detective Tim Keeler at (360) 337-4825 or (360) 337-7111.
Anyone who wishs to remain anonymous may also contact Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-Crime-13.