A mother-daughter duo has been indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury for operating an identity theft ring in the Denver metro area between October 2010 and March 2011.
Cassandra Janine Ghirardi, DOB: 12-2-65, and Alexandra Wilde, DOB: 6-22-84, both of Arvada, are accused of stealing personal and financial information, using it to create and transact checks to purchase merchandise which they would then sell on Ebay.
The 64-count indictment was handed down on September 28 and includes counts of racketeering, identity theft, conspiracy, and money laundering. The women were indicted according to their alleged participation in the criminal activity.
Ghirardi is alleged to have stolen mail from mailboxes and used the stolen personal and financial information to create fraudulent checks and identification.
According to the indictment Ghirardi and Wilde would purchase merchandise for their own use and for resale. Over $30,000 in postage stamps were purchased in the metro area using the forged checks. The stamps and much of the other fraudulently purchased merchandise are alleged to have then been sold on Ebay.
Te indictment names over 200 victims including individuals, financial institutions and retailers. Some of the businesses include King Soopers, Home Depot, Sam's Club, Costco, Kohl's, Old Navy, Dillard's, Saks, Barnes and Noble and Wal Mart. Total losses are believed to be over $60,000.
According to court records Ghirardi often used names of actual victims whose mail she had stolen. At other times she used fictitious names or created names that were similar to the actual victims'.
The Arvada Police Department and the US Postal Inspection Service began their joint investigation into their operation in March 2011.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Cassandra Ghirardi with a $100,000 bond. She is believed to be in California. Alexandra Wilde was arrested on September 30. She posted a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to be in court on October 31 at 1:30 p.m.