Man popped in Wakeman sentenced in district court

Case involved more than 40 identity thefts.
Aaron Krause
Nov 1, 2013

A case involving more than 40 identity thefts finally came to an end in the U.S. District Court on Sept. 23.

Tyrone Nix of Detroit, who was age 21 at the time of the offense, was found guilty of one count of the use and possession of a counterfeit fraud device.

Nix was originally stopped in Wakeman by the Wakeman Police Department for speeding in August 2012. He was driving a newer Dodge Charger with Michigan plates. There was a female juvenile with him.

The officer discovered Nix's driver's license was suspended. After further questioning the two and discovering the stories weren't going to match up, a search led to the discovery of 41 pre-paid Walmart cards. Nix's name was on the front of most of the cards. Police later discovered the stripe on the back of each card held a different person's information. The cards had been made in Michigan and were obviously involved in some type of fraud.

The officer discovered Nix's driver's license was suspended. After further questioning the two and discovering the stories weren't going to match up, a search led to the discovery of 41 pre-paid Walmart cards. Nix's name was on the front of most of the cards. Police later discovered the stripe on the back of each card held a different person's information. The cards had been made in Michigan and were obviously involved in some type of fraud.

Nix had already used some of the cards to purchase an I-pod Touch, a Garmin GPS, and I-pod Shuffle. These items were found in the car and seized as evidence. Nix told police he had paid $500 for the cards and had planned to visit multiple Walmarts in Ohio and purchase items with these cards.

He would then later sell or return the items. The Norwalk Walmart was contacted, and an employee told police that Nix had already been in the store and purchased some electronics. Nix and the female juvenile were then transported to the Wakeman police department. The female was later released to her family. Nix was taken to the Huron County Jail and booked on receiving stolen property.

Police contacted the U.S. Secret Service and advised them of the situation. Police officers and an agent then re-interviewed Nix at the jail. The case would be forwarded to their agency. The agent advised that the loss was around $1,330 and the potential loss could have been more than $40,000.

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