3 held in ID thefts from Apollo Elementary employees
Three people suspected of being a part of an organized theft ring in north Brevard County face charges with making thousands of dollars in purchases after investigators said they stole the identities of several current and former employees of Apollo Elementary School in Titusville.
Brevard County Sheriff’s investigators say Richard Harvill and Michelle Walker, both 42, were detained in North Carolina on unrelated charges but are expected to be extradited to Brevard County following court hearings on their cases. Investigators said the pair, along with Alison Greenlay, 21, were using the victims’ stolen identities to purchase merchandise and other goods at area stores. Agent Jacqueline Hearon said the trio got about $30,000 total from nine victims.
Investigators said Richard Harvill has a long criminal record with convictions dating back to 1987 for aggravated battery, escape, battery on a law enforcement officer, forgery, grand theft, fraudulent use of personal identification, and trafficking in stolen property. Harvill was most recently released from state prison in 2010, according to the Department of Corrections website.
Hearon said the trio may have obtained the private information on the Apollo employees from a relative of one of the suspects worked at the elementary school.
Greenlay was arrested in Brevard County. Harvill and Walker are being held in North Carolina on charges of operating a meth lab, according to the release. They will be returned to Brevard to face the identity theft charges.
Harvill’s charges include: 34 counts of criminal use of personal identification, 2 counts of fraudulent use of credit cards, 2 counts of grand theft and 1 count of forgery.
Walker’s charges include: 33 counts of criminal use of personal identification, 8 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, 7 counts of scheme to defraud, 1 count of forgery and 1 count of grand theft.
Greenlay’s charges include: fraudulent use of a credit card, forgery, grand theft and violation of probation.
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