POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 10:37pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
Statistics suggest every two seconds a theif is stealing someone's identity -- and using that information to go on a spending spree that could cost you thousands of dollars -- and hundreds of hours to recover from.
Tonight -- we have a face behind the crime -- Harlingen Police say with the help of the secret service -- they nabbed an identity thief.
Meet 27-year old, Kari Lynn Hernandez....or is it Kari Lynn Hernandez?
Police say, she stole the identities of twenty or more Valley folks, by using their unauthorized personal information to apply for several credit cards at many different banks
Hernandez is now being charged with credit card fraud and identity theft.
The Harlingen Police Department's Financial Crimes Unit, began their investigation in November.
Today, they arrested Hernandez at her home on Haverford Blvd.
Agents with the United States Secret Service even helped Harlingen Police with this investigation.
Even though, she's now behind bars, police say there are a lot more identity thieves out there.
"Identity theft is something that affects all of us in the United States. i don't think it's specific to us locally. identity theft is a problem, we just need to keep our guard up and protect ourselves the best we can."
Sgt. John Parrish says, the best advice he can give to prevent you from falling victim to an identity thieve is...
Always keep an eye on your bills, check your monthly statements, and keep all your personal information private.
News Center 23 spoke to Hernandez's mother.
She says she would not make any statement's about her daughter's arrest, until they talk to their lawyer.
Her bond was set at 15-thousand dollars.