1 arrested, 2 wanted in multi-agency fraud investigation

(Photo: Monument Police Department)

(Photo: Monument Police Department)

MONUMENT, Colo. — Authorities identified three suspects involved in a series of fraudulent and criminal activity along the Front Range.

The investigation, led by the Monument Police Department, Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, involved a string of identity theft, fraudulent credit card usage and theft incidents occurring from Denver to Pueblo between March and April.

After months of investigating, law enforcement obtained search warrants to be executed at two homes in the town of Monument, according to a release from the Monument Police Department.

On Tuesday, the Fountain/Monument SWAT team searched a residence in the 17000 block of Crestview Court in Monument while the Colorado Springs SWAT team searched a home in the 15000 block of James Gate Place in Colorado Springs, police said.

During their searches, law officials found eight individuals in the two residences, one of which was 24-year-old Geider Morales.

Morales was identified as one of the suspects in the fraud investigation and booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on identity theft, theft, money laundering, forgery and computer crimes charges, police said.

The investigation also identified Kimberly Danais Navas, 21, and Eriec Joseph Rodriguez-Morales, 33, as suspects in the case. Neither Navas nor Rodriguez-Morales were located during the searches.

Investigators said they uncovered fraudulent activity totaling in approximately $100,000 worth of losses for more than 50 victims during the two searches.

Police asked anyone with information regarding this case or the whereabouts of Navas and Rodriguez-Morales to contact the appropriate agency: Monument Police Department at 303-481-3253, Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000 or the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office at 719-390-5555.